The object consists of a small alabastron (perfume vase) that has been inserted into the opening of the shoe. The name inscribed on the side, Hekataiou, gives the name of the owner, a man named Hekataios.
Excavated at Sardis
Buckler, William Hepburn and D.M. Robinson. 1932. Sardis VII Greek and Latin Inscriptions. no. 219, p. 161, fig. 206, Leiden: Brill.
Rotroff, Susan. 2003. The Hellenistic Pottery from Sardis: The Finds though 1994. p. 196, pl. 142b, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.