Terracotta pyxis (box)

Attributed to the Thaliarchos Painter

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.

Terracotta pyxis (box), Attributed to the Thaliarchos Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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