Alabastron (Perfume Bottle) (Primary Title)

attributed to, Syriskos Painter (Artist)

ca. 460 BC
Greek (Attic)
Overall: 6 × 2 1/8 in. (15.24 × 5.4 cm)

The Amazons were a mythological tribe of fierce warrior women who fought the Greeks during the Trojan War. Greek artists often depicted Amazons in order to emphasize the difference between Greeks and non-Greeks. The clothing and weapons (such as the crescent-shaped shield) carried by this Amazon are characteristic of non-Greeks, while the palm tree on the back evokes an exotic locale.


Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
“Athenian Potters and Painters: Greek Vases in Virginia Collections,” Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA): 18 August-30 September 2012.

“Art, Myth and Culture: Greek Vases from Southern Collections,” New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA): 21 November 1981-14 February 1982.

“Classical Antiquity,” Andre Emmerich Gallery (New York, NY): 22 November 1975-10 January 1976.
Algrain, Isabelle. L'Alabastre Attique : Origine, Forme Et Usages. Études d’archéologie 7. Brussels: Centre de Recherches en Archéologie et Patrimoine, 2014

Neils, Jenifer. Art, Myth and Culture: Greek Vases from Southern Collections, exhibition catalogue, edited by H.A. Shapiro. New Orleans: New Orleans Museum of Art, Tulane University, 1981, cat. no. 33, pp. 88-89 (illus.)

Neils, Jenifer. “The Group of the Negro Alabastra: A Study in Motif Transferal.” Antike Kunst 23 (1980): p. 20, cat. no. 62, fig. 27.

Andre Emmerich Gallery. Classical Antiquity, sale catalogue. New York, 1975, cat. no. 18.
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