Janiform flask with carefully executed female heads. The giggling women show large lidded eyes with indicated irides and laugh lines to the sides. The noses are chunky, the cheeks high, the thin-lipped mouths with bared teeth.
The same mold was used for both heads. Only the hairstyle was changed by the coroplast. One woman shows vertically combed hair held in place by a stippled wreath, the other ringlets over the forehead and curled locks.
Based on the hairstyle and the black color of the clay, Pedrizet argues that the heads could represent an Egyptian woman and the Medusa.
Published as item no. 279 in: Paul Pedrizet. Les terres cuites grecques d’Égypte de la collection Fouquet. Paris 1921. (copy of the publication record joined)
For a related example, cf. vase no. EA15476 in the British Museum collection.
Bellied vessel with narrow neck and handles on each side, volutes at the lower spring. Flat base at the neck level. Ink inscribed bottom: 1271.
Ptolemaic Black Slipped ware, Petrie’s Memphis Black Ware.
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 3rd-2nd Century BC
H. 6.5 cm (2.6 in)
Crisp modeling. Broken at the mouth, otherwise intact and fine.
Ex collection of Dr. Fouquet, Cairo, around 1900.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.