H. of box 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm); H. with cover 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920
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. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 81, no. 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press.