This beautiful vessel is a real pleasure to view.
Done in a pale orange slip, and carefully incised,
the turtle stands before us. He is supported on
his front feet and his tail acts as a third support.
The hind legs are resting on the tail as if he were
scratching, and he looks upwards with an open
mouth as if trying to communicate. At the top
of his shell, he is carrying a vase, which is
carefully incised with decoration in registers. The
geometric forms help balance out the piece so
that the whole object looks uniform. A vessel as
charming, as this is rare indeed and a intimate
view into the less strict style of ancient artifacts.