Collection: Ancona, Archeologico Museo Regionale delle Marche
Summary: The birth of Aphrodite
Ware: Attic Red Figure, White Ground
Painter: Attributed to the Splanchnopt Painter
Context: Excavated at Sirolo-Numana
Date: ca. 460 BC - ca. 450 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.122 m; max. diam. (body) 0.14 m
Primary Citation: ARV2, 899.144, 1674
Shape: Pyxis
Beazley Number: 211902
Period: Early Classical


Decoration Description: A bearded nude Zeus (labelled), seated profile to the right on a throne (his lower half is missing), torso frontal, head profile to the left, both arms bent slightly and outstretched, holds in his right hand an olive branch to the left, over a low altar, and in his left hand a black scepter to the right; Hera (labelled) standing 3/4-view to the left (chest and right arm missing), wearing a chiton, a pink himation with dark red border, a white taenia, tilts her head down, and holds her left arm at waist level, and in her right hand holds a black scepter to the left; Peitho (labelled), standing frontal, head profile to the right, wearing a medium-sleeved chiton with a long kolpos, a white taenia, holds in her right hand a dress (missing), to the left, and holds in her left hand a phiale to the right; Charis (labelled) (barely preserved), running profile to the right, with weight on her forward, slightly bent, left leg, right leg pulled back; Aphrodite anodos, crouched profile to right (barely preserved, face and arms missing), left knee bent, wearing a belted, sleeved chiton, a long pony tail, a white taenia, tilts her head up; lekythos (on wall) above; nude Eros, standing near profile to the left, weight on both legs, bent at knees, right leg advanced, long curly hair bound with red taenia, reaches both arms forward (forearms missing), probably holding a red sash, part of which remains in the field between Charis and Eros.

Shape Description: Type A

Collection History: Found in 1919 at Sirolo-Numana, Tomba Giuletti-Marinelli (locanda Molinella).

Sources Used: Shapiro 1993, 199, 259 no. 125, fig. 160; Paribeni 1991, 46-47 pl. 14; Arafat 1990, 30-32; Add2, 303; LIMC, 3.193, s.v. Charis no. 2 (E. Harrison); LIMC, 2.121, s.v. Aphrodite nos. 1176, 1257 (A. Delivorrias); Loeb 1979, 69-70; Roberts 1978, 46 no. 2; Mertens 1972, 137 no. 6; Webster 1972, 268; Walter 1971, 169-70, fig. 150; Para, 429; Simon 1969a, 40-41; Simon 1959, 169; Stella 1956, 244; G. van Hoorn, "Satyrspielen," BABesch 17 (1942) 7, fig. 16; R.U. Inglieri, "Pisside policroma di Numana con la genesi di Afrodite," RivIstArch 8 (1940) 46, 49 fig. 4, 52 fig. 7AA.