Faience figure of a swimming girl


British Museum

British Museum

This faience ointment spoon takes the form of a swimming girl holding a bowl in her outstretched arms. Her naked body is coloured a blue-green and she has short, dark curly hair. The spoon was probably made on the island of Rhodes but belongs to a long tradition of spoons in this form. They were made from a variety of materials, including wood and ivory, and had their origins in either Egypt or Syria in the Bronze Age.

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  • Title: Faience figure of a swimming girl
  • Date Created: -600/-600
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 3.70cm; Length: 12.00cm; Width: 2.00cm; Weight: 33.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Subject: swimming
  • Registration number: 1860,0404.76
  • Production place: Made in Rhodes
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Kamiros
  • Period/culture: Rhodian
  • Material: glazed composition
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Salzmann, Auguste. Purchased from Biliotti, Alfred