Unguentarium (elongated perfume bottle)

Early Hellenistic Period
First half of the 3rd century B.C.


14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, West Slope Ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.
Label text:
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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund