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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
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed: "Lysikles is fair"

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Greece

  • References

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

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

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

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