About this artwork
Nine women are depicted in the figured scene that runs right around the vase. The women are presumably in the gynaikeion or women’s quarters, and include a seated woman with a book roll, a woman holding wreath, a woman with a mirror, a woman with an alabastron, a woman with a sash, a woman with a lyre, a woman with a mirror, a girl standing stiff and straight to the right, who might be the bride-to-be, and a woman with an alabastron.
Vessels of this type were probably used to hold personal effects like cosmetics, jewelry, or other trinkets and were often given as wedding gifts.
Currently Off View
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Greek
- Pyxis (Container for Personal Objects)
- 430 BCE–420 BCE
- terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique
- H. 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.); diam. 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)
- Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson