Bottle

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 340–330 B.C.
Painter The Boston Group


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 116.

Dimensions

14.3 x 8.2 cm (5 5/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

80.623

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Sometimes called an alabastron, but with little resemblance to the traditional form; the generic term “bottle” is perhaps preferable. Compared with examples of the next quarter century, the neck is wider, the body more sack-shaped, and the mouth smaller. The foot is grooved in two degrees.
One one side is a female head in profile to left, flanked by spiral tendrils. The woman’s skin is white and her hair blonde; her red kekryphalos is decorated with white esses, and a white filet trails behind her neck. She wears a necklace of tiny black dots. Above and below are bands of white, dotted egg-pattern framed by incised lines, and there are white rays on the lower neck.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, # 116 (80.623)
Bottle
The name-vase of the Boston Group (Webster)
about 340-330 B.C.
On one side is a female head in profile to the left, flanked by spiraling tendrils in yellow and white. The woman’s skin is white and her hair blonde; her red kekryphalos is decorated with white esses, and a white fillet trails behind her neck. She wears a necklace of tiny black dots. Above and below are bands of white, dotted egg-pattern framed by incised lines, and there are white rays on the lower neck.

Provenance

Date unknown: according to Vase-Painting in Italy, no. 116: Bought by C. C. Perkins; purchased by MFA from General Funds, 1880

Credit Line

General Funds