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Post by brendaphx on July 11th 2019, 6:23 am

This is 5"x3"x3". I don't know what it is made of-terracotta is my best guess. I wonder if it is very old or a recent attempt at appearing that way. The black spots on the bottom are holes. It seems like a miniature sarcophagus. Gotta satisfy my curiosity-haha!
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Post by denbydump on July 11th 2019, 7:21 am

The chip on the front suggests it's not terracotta, maybe soapstone?
The design round the lid is "Greek key", so maybe a clue.
A few more pics may help, eg the inside, and underside of the lid.
Those lines on the bottom are suspicious, possibly from machining?
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Post by philpot on July 11th 2019, 7:25 am

My first guess would be tourist ware of some form or another. The raised pieces look like timeless generic images of Greek/Roman figures which are probably applique moulded plaster. It looks like the surface is uncovered on one corner, and looks white. That is not a terra-cotta colour.
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Post by NaomiM on July 11th 2019, 10:32 am

The bubbles indicate it’s made from an alabaster-effect resin, copying an Ancient Greek or Roman artifact. Probably made for sale in museums and to tourists.

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