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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.120a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Women and Erotes

The representation here probably has some relation to rituals for the goddess Aphrodite that took place in an outdoor, garden-like setting. Particularly conspicuous is the woman seated on a rock-like formation and isolated between two vertical foliate bands. The other figures include Erotes, a winged woman resembling Nike, and women with household furnishings such as a casket and kalathos (wool basket).
Said to be from Attica

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 20-21, fig. 136, New York: Plantin Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 823, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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