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