Peter Sharrer Ancient Art, Inc. (Ridgewood, New Jersey), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.
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Rattle in the Shape of a Recumbent Lion
Corinth, Greece (Place Created)
about 600–575 B.C.
5.1 × 2.7 × 10.1 cm (2 × 1 1/16 × 3 15/16 in.)
A lion resting with his legs tucked under his body forms the body of this
Plastic vases were used to hold perfumed oil; the small, simple opening in the top of the lion's head was designed to restrict the flow of this precious commodity. Two small holes placed on either side of the lion's mane originally held a cord for suspending the vase. An artisan made this vessel using a two-piece mold, into which thin sheets of clay were pressed. When slightly dry, the two halves of the vessel were joined with a clay paste and the vase was decorated.