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Attic Red Figure Chous
ca. 450-440 BC
Maltese dog under a hanging bunch of grapes, perhaps illustrating a fable. Children's burials often contain miniature vases like this one, while adult graves rarely do. Perhaps, like rattles and dolls, the miniatures were used as toys by the child while still living. It is unclear whether this particular piece was intended for a child's grave, since similar pieces also turn up in sanctuary votive deposits and the foundation deposits of houses.
H. 10.0; Dia. 7.5 cm. Photo by Maria Daniels for the Perseus Project.
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