East Greek 'plastic vase' in the form of a human leg - ROM2018_16863_35


East Greek 'plastic vase' in the form of a human leg

Medium:Wheel-thrown and mould-made earthenware, slip-painted with incised detail
Geography: Made on Rhodes, Greece or in South Ionia, Turkey; findspot unknown
Date: about 590-580 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
29.4 x 8.8 x 7.7 cm
Object number: 919.5.114
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This modelled vase, known as a 'plastic vase', was a form of alabastron (flask) which probably contained perfumed oil. It is in the shape of a man's left leg and is decorated with a painted sandal on the foot, a painted floral pattern on the calf, and incised decoration on the shoulder and lip of the vase.

The place of manufacture is still debated. The decoration resembled East Greek 'Vroulian ware', which was probably produced on the island of Rhodes, but it has also been suggested that it is of South Ionian ware. The South Ionian region encompassed the pottery production centres of Samos and Miletos. 

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