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Title: A Fake or not a Fake...
Subtitle: An Ancient Practical Joke?
Author(s): HEMELRIJK, J.M.
Volume: 83 Date: 2008
The alabastron New York 1981.11.7, here discussed, was first published by Dietrich von Bothmer and shortly afterwards by myself. These publications are not easily accessible and both are somewhat sketchy and concise. The alabastron forms an extremely puzzling case: there are manifest indications that it should be declared a fake, yet other aspects forbid such a condemnation. I do not know of any other, equally contradictory, vase. After a short introduction dealing with other alabastra that are related in fabric to the Caeretan hydriae, I discuss the most glaring absurdities in the painting of the bottle and then quote Bothmer’s arguments in defence of its genuineness. Finally I give a more detailed description of its paintings in relation to the figure scenes of the Caeretan hydriae.