ostracon ancient art



Etrusco-Corinthian Columbus Alabastron, around 600 BC

Rare alabastron of conical shape and flat base, disk mouth and strap handle.

Decorated with brown and reddish bands around the body. Near the bottom a reserved band with hooks (stylized running dogs). Brown tongues on neck and collar, brown bars on the handle.

Similar to the Egg of Columbus, this type of flat-bottomed alabastron needs no additional support to stand upright.

The rarity of Columbus alabastra is noteworthy.

For a related example, cf. accession no. 96.9.6 in the Metropolitan Museum.

Mouth and handle reattached. Surface with some scratches. Otherwise fine and rare.

H. 17.8 cm (7 in)

Ex Swiss private collection, acquired from Fortuna Galerie Zurich. Published as lot no. 21 in: Galerie Fortuna. Antikenkatalog 10. Zurich 1987 (copy joined).

1450 USD

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