Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Corinthian alabastron (oil or perfume container) decorated with a griffin
Greece
Archaic period, Early Corinthian style, 600 BCE
Pottery
H: 17.5; W: 9 cm
Gift of Jan Mitchell, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 75.17.92
 
 
The chief motifs of decoration on Corinthian vessels are animals and monsters, with rosettes, dots and other ornaments scattered all over the background, perhaps in imitation of eastern textiles. The alabastron is a small oil or perfume container based on an alabaster prototype. It has a broad, flat mouth, a narrow neck and a long, footless body, and was used for both cosmetic and cultic purposes. The alabastron before us is decorated with a griffin, a legendary hybrid animal.


From publications worldwide:
Payne, H., Necrocorinthia: A Study of Corinthian Art in the Archaic Period, Clarendon Press, 1931

Publications:
IMJ News, 11, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1976

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir