Greece, Hellenistic, ca. 3rd century BCE. A breathtaking redware lidded and footed pyxis of a sizeable scale, the lid adorned with a beautiful molded female face presenting sensitively modeled features and cascading wavy hair in relief, this roundel surrounded by a curved section decorated with an incised and yellow-painted laurel vine, and finally a flat, extended lip. Below this are leafy garlands festooned around the perimeter of body of the lid - also in yellow pigment, followed by a yellow band two-thirds of the way down the lid. The lid fits the lower container of the pyxis perfectly, and all is supported by three zoomorphic legs delineated with an incised furry coat and claws, Size: 7.5" in diameter at widest x 9.25" H (19 cm x 23.5 cm)
A pyxis like this example would have been given to a bride to commemorate her wedding day - quite a keepsake to remember her joyous day!
Provenance: ex-private German collection; ex-Antiquities, Sotheby's, London, 10-11 December 1992, lot 534
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