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Early Corinthian Alabastron
ca. 620-590 b.c.
By the Scale Painter Vulci, Chamber Tomb 5
MS 553
The powerful city of Corinth was the innovator in pottery decoration and dominated pottery exportation in the 7th and early 6th centuries b.c. This vessel comes from an Etruscan site in central Italy, a region where Greek commercial contacts and influence were strong. The decorative motifs include exotic animals, "oriental" creatures such as the sphinx, and filler ornaments such as rosettes.
H. 35.0; Dia. 17.0 cm. Photo by Maria Daniels for the Perseus Project.

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