|GREEK DOUBLE COCKLESHELL ARYBALLOS
Shell realistically modelled with ridges and stripes in black slip. The shell imitates the form of the edible cockle cardium edule.
A rare form. Choice.
Ca. 525-475 BC
H. 2 3/4 in. (6 cm.)
Ex German collection; J.M.E. collection, New York, acquired in March 2008.
The idea for creating a shell-shaped terracotta vessel may derive from containers made from real shells. Archaeologists have found shells outfitted with hinges and clasps in order to serve as containers for small items.