Corinthian alabastron (oil or perfume container) decorated with a griffin
Archaic period, Early Corinthian style, 600 BCE
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
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