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Archaeological Museum of Chalkis:

Terracotta miniature amphora in the shape of a clam. (Hellenistic)

For tobacco, and legal herbal blends and I wouldn’t possibly know what else you’d use them for!
…unless you live in a state that has its shit together like Colorado or Washington. Then, they’re for blazing up fat nugs of dank weed. 
www.brambledragon.com

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Banqueting scenes in ancient Greek Attic red-figure pottery.

Banqueter and musician, kalos inscription (“Ho pais kalos” “The boy is handsome”). Tondo from an Attic red-figure cup, ca. 490 BC. Colmar Painter, found in Vulci.

Boy serving wine in a banquet, holding an oenochoe (wine jug) in his right hand and a kylix (shallow cup) in his left hand. Side A from and Attic red-figure kylix, ca. 460-450 BC, Euaion Painter.

Banquet scene: youth holding a kylix (shallow cup), surrounded by two young men holding skyphoi. Attic red-figure cup, ca. 490-480 BC, Cage Painter.

Courtesy of & currently located at the Louvre, France, G 135, G 467 & G 133. Photos taken by Jastrow: 1, 2 & 3.

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Ibrahim Said

From the narrow streets, pottery ovens, and noisy workshops of Fustat, Ibrahim Said was born in 1976. Fustat is an area in Cairo, Egypt that has etched its name in the history of the pottery industry since the Islamic conquest.  Ibrahim comes from a family of potters, and his father became his first teacher and the rich cultural heritage of Egypt became his second. 
Known for his elegant vases that are included in some prestigious Middle East collections, Ibrahim’s work is inspired by the ancient work of Egyptians- the strong lines and bold shapes- although his signature work embodies a lightness that comes from his silhouettes, small bases, and delicate finials.
His carvings are derived from Islamic jug filter designs, which were both functional and aesthetic. The carved area in the neck of the jug filtered out impurities when water was collected in the Nile.  Ibrahim wanted to find a way to bring these ancient carvings back to life while somehow maintaining their history.
He has participated in workshops and demonstrations throughout the Middle East, and has been highly recognized for his technical ability, creativity, and innovation in the field of ceramics.

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Kutani Choemon is a Japanese pottery shop that’s been operating since 1879, creating exquisite pieces of handmade, hand-painted pottery. However just because their business is 130 years old and they still create their lovely wares in the traditional fashion doesn’t mean they’ve no interest in incorporating modern subject matter into their work.

Here you can see musicians, skateboarders and surfers delicately rendered in beautiful blue Kutani color glazes. Of course our favorite piece is the flute player whose head bears a striking resemblance to our very own Horse Head Mask.

Visit the Kutani Choemon shop to view more of their wonderful, whimsical creations.

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