Past Exhibition

Perfumes and Potables

August 28 – October 30, 1999

Perfumes and Potables: Precious Pots from the Ancient Mediterranean will feature a small selection of Mycenean, Greek, and Etruscan pottery from Corinth, Athens, and South Italy. Drawn from regional collections in Oregon and Washington, these vessels feature a variety of styles and were used primarily for pouring and drinking wine, or as containers to hold precious perfumed oils. Unlike Greek sculpture and theater, this less costly art form was largely created for a private audience and thus offers a different perspective on Greek religion and society that can deepen visitor's understanding of fifth century Athens.