Pottery perfume bottle (alabastron), attributed to the Pescia Romana Painter


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This perfume-bottle is decorated with polychrome painting representing a warrior, a panther, birds and floral decoration. The warrior may be wearing a mask as face protection and it has been suggested that such masks were later attached to anthropomorphic (human-shaped) cinerary urns (containers for the cremated remains of the dead). The vase is attributed to the Pescia Romana Painter, a master potter who set up a workshop in Vulci in the sixth century BC. For nearly a century, between about 630 and 540 BC, pottery that had been imported from Corinth acted as inspiration for Etruscan potters and vase-painters. It is likely that immigrant craftsmen began local manufacture. The main centres of production were Cerveteri and Vulci, both in Southern Etruria.

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  • Title: Pottery perfume bottle (alabastron), attributed to the Pescia Romana Painter
  • Date Created: -600/-580
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 15.70cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Subject: bird; mammal; warrior
  • Registration number: 1928,0614.1
  • Production place: Made in Vulci
  • Producer: Attributed to Pescia Romana Painter
  • Period/culture: Etrusco-Corinthian
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from di Ferrari, G