Woman with Long Hair

Unknownabout 580 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The armless bust of a woman forms the body of this Rhodian plastic vase. So-called plastic vases, vessels made in the form of a human, animal, or mythological being, were popular in the Greek world from about 650 to 550 B.C. Although such vessels were made in many places, Rhodes was a leading place of manufacture. Busts of women are one of the most common forms of Rhodian plastic vases. This woman's facial features--large eyes, long nose, broad forehead--and hairstyle correlate with the Rhodian sculptural style of the time. The woman wears a red chiton and a mantle over her right shoulder. Subtly modeled undulations give texture to the mantle, which should have been black but misfired to a reddish brown. Plastic vases held perfumed oil, and their narrow spouted openings were designed to conserve this precious commodity. An artisan made this vessel using a two-piece mold, into which thin sheets of clay were pressed. When slightly dried, the two halves of the vessel were joined with a clay paste and the vase was decorated.

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  • Title: Woman with Long Hair
  • Date Created: about 580 B.C.
  • Location Created: Rhodes, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: w6.3 x h10.3 x d5.9 cm
  • Type: Object
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html, Bruce White Photography
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=35478
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • artist: Unknown
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Object Creditline: Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman