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Argyroula Doulgeri-Intzesiloglou and Polyxeni Arachoviti

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During the last 35 years, the excavations at the ancient city of Pherai, in Thessaly, have brought to light rich material, as well as important documentation relating to the production of terracotta figurines, as part of the intensive activity of the Pheraian ceramic workshops of the Hellenistic period. In this paper some characteristics of the local production are presented by referring to the workshops and the techniques, the contextualisation, the chronology and the use of the terracotta figurines at the city of Pherai, as well as to the possible relationships and influences from other regions.1

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Eleni Asderaki-Tzoumerkioti, Manos Dionyssiou, Argyroula Doulgeri-Intzesiloglou and Polyxeni Arachoviti

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Non-invasive XRF analyses analysis has been performed on more than 250 terracotta figurines from Pherai in order to determine the quality of the pigments that have survived on their surface, as well as other materials that have been used for their decoration. During the analysis the existence of tin metal foil was revealed. In most cases it is poorly preserved and obscured by a thick layer of soil and salts. Tin foil was identified in 10% of the examined pieces, and the results have been confirmed with a scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS). The thickness of the foil was also measured, and the organic binding medium, with which it was attached to the surface of the figurines, was determined.1