The faience industry in Rhodes has been, and still remains, the subject of much debate. The objects found appear to form a unique phenomenon of acculturation with styles and objects taken from one or more cultures and transplanted to another. A number of discrete groups of faience objects can now be distinguished, but a great deal still remains to be done. In the 7th century BCE, both closed and open shapes intended to market precious liquid were made locally, while their symbolic messages are ultimately derived from the Egyptian world. Other objects imitate prototypes from the Near East. Amulets and scarabs present another varied and challenging field of investigation, and recent work on the Kamiros votive deposits presents some interesting possibilities for categorizing these. Discrete groups of faience material can now be distinguished, and this paper is intended to show, with a restricted number of examples, what can be achieved. Concentrating on the 7th-century BCE material from the two deposits on the acropolis of Kamiros, this study outlines the contact with the non-Greek world that these objects suggest.
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