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Hellenistic Terracotta Vessel in form of a Duck

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Hellenistic Terracotta Vessel in form of a Duck, ca. 4th - 2nd Century BCE. Spouted mold made vessel with intricate features and feathers. Intact and in excellent condition. 4 1/4" x 6" x 2 1/2". Ex: M. Megiddon collection, Tel Aviv. According to the International Scientific Meetings on Hellenistic Pottery / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the production of clay vessels and other utensils used in everyday life, not only constitutes a large chapter of the activity of Hellenistic times but also a very interesting field of archaeological research. Excavations held in Greece and the wider Mediterranean region provided findings that now require analyzing and interpretation. Although in reality in some regions the tradition of this ancient art remained until the Hellenistic period, economical, historical and social reasons helped shape a special character in the productions of Hellenistic art and thus rendered their study harder and sometimes inapproachable. The decoration of the surface of the vase gives way especially when it involves the depiction of myths known from the archaic and classical periods. A vast majority of products falls into large categories that dominate the markets of the Hellenistic world. Wheel made vessels, vases made with the help of a mold, vases decorated with gold or yellow and white floral ornaments, or simply black and red-glazed vases find their place on the symposium tables, sacred festivities and burial proceedings and even in the cargos of ships crossing the Mediterranean and the Black-sea.