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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Attributed to the Wedding Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. with cover 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm); H. without cover 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm); greatest diameter of body 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.11.8a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Birth of Aphrodite

On this pyxis, women, who normally sit rather languidly with their caskets and perfume flasks, are galvanized into activity. The occasion is the birth—perhaps rather the advent—of Aphrodite. The goddess appears as a sprightly little girl being grasped by a comparatively mature Eros. Like Athena, Aphrodite was born fully dressed and ready for action.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. "Newly Acquired Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 35(2): pp. 37, 39, figs. 2, 4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 100, fig. 72, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 85, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 698, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 100, fig. 72, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 924, no. 34, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1984. Vol. 2: Aphrodisias-Athena. Aphrodite, no. 1174, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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