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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.

BH0801JE
$8,500


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