Corinthian Alabastron

Painter of Palermo 489640 - 625 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A double-bodied panther stares out from this Corinthian black-figure alabastron. The hybridized monster has one head, which serves the two confronting bodies whose tails intertwine on the back of the vase. This symmetrical placement of figures was popular for the decoration of alabastra in this period. Although hybrid monsters were a favorite image for Corinthian artists, the idea of using one head for two bodies is comparatively rare. Rosettes fill the area around the creature, a motif also typical of Corinthian pottery of this period.

Alabastra held perfumed oil, and the vessels' narrow openings were intended to restrict the flow of this precious commodity. Alabastra first became popular with Corinthian potters in the period from around 640 to 625 B.C.

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  • Title: Corinthian Alabastron
  • Creator: Painter of Palermo 489
  • Date: 640 - 625 B.C.
  • Location Created: Corinth, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 cm (2 15/16 x 1 11/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Alabastron
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.AE.51
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 201C, Peristyle, Animals in Antiquity
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Corinthian)
  • Classification: Vessels