From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectKnown as a plastic vase, or a head vase, this vessel is a representation of Attis, a Greek and Phrygian deity. The term 'plastic vases' is used to describe ancient Mediterranean vessels made in the form of heads or animals, and which were partially formed in molds like terracotta statuettes. This particular vessel is likely to have come from Cyprus.
This vessel was made from a two piece mould. The remains of a handle can be seen on the back of the head. It is made of pale buff clay and there are traces of red on the face, indicating that it was once painted.
The figure has outlined eyes, a prominent nose and a relatively wide mouth. The hair is shown as beaded around the face, and with sharp lines in the back. He is wearing a tall pointed cap, with an opening at the top.
Date MadeDate unknown
Place NotesPossibly from Cyprus
Medium and MaterialsClay: Terracotta
Style and IconographyCypriote
Inscription and MarksCyprus is written on the underside in pencil.
Subject and Association KeywordsArt and mythology
Subject and Association KeywordsFigurative art
Subject and Association KeywordsClothing and dress
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by Mrs Broadhead, 1968. From the collection of Professor H.D. Broadhead.
Object TypeFunerary Vases
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