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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Attributed to the Marlay Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm); diameter 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.147a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The daughters of Danaos

Women driving chariots at full tilt are rare in Greek mythology. For that reason, the figures in this scene have been identified as the formidable daughters of the mythical king Danaos. There were fifty daughters, known for their accomplishments at hunting and warfare. They had been forced to marry their fifty cousins, sons of king Aigyptos, but slew their husbands on the wedding night. Thereafter, they found new spouses.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 94, p. 12, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 242, p. 61, pl. 92, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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