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.