Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase) in the form of a woman holding a dove
Small figural vases found great favor in the East Greek world, but the number and location of the centers of production remain to be identified. The island of Rhodes seems to have been important. The iconography of figural vases has its own traditions. It also has points of contact with that of other media, notably stone sculpture.
The type of young woman holding a bird or other small offering is characteristic of East Greek statuary beginning in the early sixth century B.C. The use of clay allowed the representation to be double-sided.