Just added some new gorgeous terracotta ceramics by @suepryke to the shop! I’m quite in love with this large jug - think maybe this one is going home with me 😍 #newin #shopupdate #copenhagen #yonobistudio #craft #homedecor #tableware #jug #pitcher #terracotta #craftmanship #home #pottery #madebyhand #madeinengland (her: Yonobi Studio)

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Greek Terracotta Pig Rattle, 6th-3rd Century BC

Possibly from Cyprus

A child’s toy in the shape of a pig, probably mold made and with a pebble sealed within. He has delightful applied eyes, nose, pointed ears, and curly tail and stands on four splayed feet. Holes drilled in top and bottom were probably put in place to prevent this little piggy from breaking in the kiln. It is thought that a toy like this was made for a toddler, and their sound was supposed to ward off evil spirits.

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A Writer’s Tools

A writer’s tools might  include an inkwell and papyrus scrolls or less expensive wax tablets and stylus. The tablets could also be bound and they could be erased with the flat end of the stylus. Papyrus was made of the pith of a water plant; ink was a mixture of soot, resin, wine dregs and cuttlefish.

Roman Terracotta Inkwell (1st or 2nd Century A.D.)

Roman/Egyptian Papyrus Letter (early 3rd Century A.D.)

Byzantine/Egyptian Wooden Tablet (500-700 A.D.)

Roman Bronze Stylus (1st or 2nd Century A.D.)

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) The Metropolitan Museum of Art.