Corinthian pottery of the 7th and early 6th centuries BC is noted for its rich ochre colouring and its depiction of mythical or actual animals and birds.

Inspired by an image on a silver stater (see below) dating to 490 BC from the Aegean island of Peparethos, this alabastron depicts Boreas, the North Wind is shown holding two wreaths. These are thought to represent his twin sons Calais and Zetes who, according to legend, assisted Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece. Also known as the 'Earth Destroyer', Boreas is classically renowned as the bringer of winter and is typically depicted with wings and winged feet.

Silver stater from Peparethos depicting Boreas the North Wind

The alabastron was a perfume holder, usually attached to the wrist by its neck with a piece of leather.

The original alabastron is dated to 615-600 BC and is currently on display in the Louvre in Paris.

Hand-painted for us in Greece.

dimensions etc Height: 20cm

Corinthian alabastron - Boreas, the North Wind

  • Code: VO-217
  • Status: In Stock
  • £75.00

  • excl tax: £62.50