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Object ID
2002.52.16
Object Name
Dish, Soap
Date Created
circa 1900
Medium
Paint
Material
Clay
Object Description
Small round dish for the possible use of holding soap or jewlery or small food items. The dish is made of terracotta and has been painted using black, white, and red. There is a scene of a Greek warrior, a small column, a tree and a woman, (all shown in silhouette) all featured at the center of the dish. Framing the figures is a two-level Greek geometric design and a flowery design. Beyond this are bands of black and white.
Origin
This small dish appears to be a replica of the traditional Greek black figure style, which was used on many terra cotta bowls and vases. The black figure style was especially common between the 7th and 5th centuries BC, although there are specimens dating as late as the 2nd century BC. Stylistically it can be distinguished from the preceding orientalizing period and the subsequent red-figure pottery style. Although this is a modern version, the dish shares many characteristics with its Greek ancestors. For example, the scene features silhouetted figures, the scene is at the center of the bowl, and there are circular bands of designs that frame the scene. Additionally, the dish uses the black figure trademark colors of black, white, and red.
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Citation
Dish, Soap, circa 1900, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/10440. Accessed 04/15/21.