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Corinthian Round-Bodied Pyxis

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Corinthian Round-Bodied Pyxis


Perhaps by the Chimaera Painter (Greek (Corinthian), active 600 - 575 B.C.)


Greek (Corinthian)


Greece (Corinth) (Place Created)


about 570 B.C.



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21.7 × 22.2 cm (8 9/16 × 8 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

An animal frieze encircles the body of this Corinthian black‑figure pyxis. Real and mythological creatures, including lions, a goat, a bull, and a bearded siren, make up the decoration. Their stylized, sharply outlined bodies rhythmically balance against one another. Rosettes fill the spaces around the animals. Above this, a lotus and palmette chain decorates the shoulder of the vessel. In place of handles, the potter has added mold‑made female heads. 

The pyxis was a container for perfumed oils and cosmetics. Beginning around 575 B.C., Corinthian potters occasionally added mold‑made heads to these vessels. By the early 500s B.C., Corinthian pottery dominated the market for figure-decorated vessels and was widely exported throughout the Mediterranean.

- 1988

Fritz Bürki & Son (Zurich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988.

The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art (October 11, 2003 to May 16, 2004)
  • Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton), October 11, 2003 to January 18, 2004
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, February 22 to May 16, 2004

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