Art and science Hot water Bottle (human foot) 1st c. BC – 1st c. AD

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study – diligence: George Damianos
creation plans: Art and science
design material: terracotta vase (hand made)
artist:Eugenia Gerontara
dimensions:H. 15,5 W.13 L.22
edition year: 2016
prototype year: 1st c. BC – 1st c. AD
based on: from the sea north of Chios. Archaeological Museum of Chios
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Unique exhibit. Worked by hand. They attributed all the details of the original. (colors, form, etc.)

from the sea north o Chios. Archaeological Museum of Chios

Plastically rendered terracotta vase, shaped like a life-size right human foot with. The upper surface has  a sculpted, detailed rendering of the foot, especially the toes and nails, while the bottom surface has a concave impession of the same body part. The vase curves at ankle level to ensure a better fit. It has a circular mouth where the tarsus would be which widens sligthly upward. Τhe left side we have written in Greek the beginning of the oath of Hippocrates “Ὄμνυμι Ἀπόλλωνα ἰητρὸν, καὶ Ἀσκληπιὸν, καὶ Ὑγείαν, καὶ Πανάκειαν, καὶ θεοὺς πάντας τε καὶ πάσας, ἵστορας ποιεύμενος”/ trd. I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon, likewise Hygeia and Panacea, and call all the gods and goddesses to witness …more about oath

art and science 32 Terracotta vases shaped like human linbs or body parts (arms, legs, ears, abdominal organs, etc)

Accelerate blood circulation, induce hyperraemia for therapeutic purposes

The hot water bottles were used  for relief of pains during menstruation, or for the heart or spleen . Similar constructions from the Athens Agora were used for both transporting and drinking liquids.

In other areas (Delos, Chios, Pylos, Aetolia, Macedonia), as well as in Paphos, that terracotta vases, which had a therapeutic use were manufactured from the 3rd c. BC. Its is assumed that those vases were ordered by physicians, druggists, or athletes – and did not belong to the common types of Hellenistic vases.

The heaart and science 31ting pad is fully functional. You can use it for therapeutic reasons (keep much longer temperature). This, however, Art work painted for decorative use. The heat, perhaps, affect the quality of colors

The art and gives offers you the opportunity to optane the following unique ceramic exhibits. Those saples  of great art, are hand made and contain centuries of experience.   Painted on  hand usefull for therapeutical reasons.*

*decorative use, products are sensitive in high temperature

We studied rare exhibits, modern scientists consulted as and  now we can show you a unique treasure unknown to the majority of the scientific community

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  1. Hygeia, museum of cycladic art, Athens
  2. Borkowski Z. Lajatar 1993 “medicamenton an ostracon from near Pathos, Cyprus
  3. Oakleyj. 2013 The Grekk Vase. Art of the story Teller, London
  4. SimpsonJ.Y. 1853 Note of some ancient Greek medical Vases for containg Lykion
  5. Mossè C. 1984, La grece archaique da Homerie a Escchyle, Paris

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