Corinthian exaleiptron (kothon) with pattern decoration - ROM2018_16949_37


Corinthian exaleiptron (kothon) with pattern decoration

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted
Geography: Made in Corinth, Greece; findspot unknown
Date: about 540-490/480 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Object number: 941.58.6
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Niven Beardmore
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Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
DescriptionThe function of the exaleiptron or kothon shape is uncertain, but it probably held oil, since the curved lip seems designed to stop the liquid from spilling. Corinthian versions of this shape are usually found in ritual contexts, where it may have been used as a lamp, but later Attic versions, with a pedestal foot and lid, seem to be a container for perfumed oil. The decoration is a pattern in the 'white style' and dates late in the Late Corinthian period.
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