Unguentarium (elongated perfume bottle)
Early Hellenistic Period
First half of the 3rd century B.C.
14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, West Slope Ware
Not On View
Decoration in buff and white on black glaze. A wide band of checkerboard pattern alternating with squares in buff encircles the body; festoon of ivy leaves aound shoulder; another below band.
Clay with black glaze, thinned clay slip and white overpaint
In the “West Slope” technique of Hellenistic times, black glaze vases were decorated with red clay slip and white paint to create a colorful effect. Naturalistic ornament of necklaces or foliage was supplemented, as here, with geometric patterns (checker-boards and concentric rectangles).
By 1895: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens 1895.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund