Breast Vases; 3 prototypes drying; slip cast; white clay; hight 25 cm; atelier Samantha Thole; 2019

The series ‘Breast Vases’ is commissioned by the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, as part of their exhibition ‘Cyprus: A dynamic island’ (Oct. 19- March ’20). This was the first major exhibition on the archeology of Cyprus to be shown in the Netherlands.
The design of the ‘Breast Vases’ is inspired by the Cypriot barrel vase (c. 700- 600 BCE), in which archeologists recognize a stylized breast-shape. In close collaboration with the museum’s curator Greek and Roman antiquities, prof. dr. R.B. Halbertsma, Samantha Thole could examine the National Museum’s Cypriot artifacts and create her new vases, based on real women’s breasts.

Barrel-shaped jug; c. 750-600 BCE; diameter 12.8 cm; overall 38 x 27,6 cm; the Cleveland Museum of Art

Breast Vase; watercolour on paper; Samantha Thole; 2018

Original plaster moulds  ‘Breast Vases’; EKWC Oisterwijk; 2019

Samantha Thole creating the plaster moulds on which the ‘Breast Vases’ are based; EKWC Oisterwijk; 2019

Slip casting mould; plaster; EKWC; 2019

Breast Vases ‘Galatea’ and ‘Octopus’; white clay with black Terra Sigillata and gold-plated necklace; hight 25 cm; 2019; collection Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

Exhibition view ‘Cyprus: A dynamic island’; FLTR Barrel-shaped vase (c. 750-600 BCE); Breast Vases ‘Picasso’, ‘Octopus’, ‘Le Carnaval des Animaux’ and ‘Galatea’; Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden; 2019-2020

Exhibition view ‘Cyprus: A dynamic island’; FLTR Sculpture of Aphrodite (2nd century BCE; Cyprus Museum. Nicosia); ‘Venus Blue’ (Yves Klein; 1962); Ceramic 3D prints (Bastienne Kramer; 2019); ‘Breast Vases’ (Samantha Thole; 2019); Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

Exhibition view ‘Cyprus: A dynamic island’; FLTR Ceramic 3D prints (Bastienne Kramer; 2019); ‘Breast Vases’ (Samantha Thole; 2019); ceramic objects (Pablo Picasso; collection Princessehof) ); Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden