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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Attributed to the Thaliarchos Painter
Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
ca. 510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. of box 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm); H. with cover 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.253a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the lid, satyr

Satyrs were popular not only because of their connection to Dionysos but also because they provided artists the opportunity to depict the nude male body in a particularly wide variety of poses. This satyr, within a tondo, finds good counterparts on the somewhat later coinage of Naxos on Sicily. The inscription praises the beauty of Lysikles. The box would have contained small personal items probably belonging to a lady.
Inscription: Inscribed: "Lysikles is fair"
Said to be from Greece

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): p. 132.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 21, fig. 143, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 63, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 81, no. 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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