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RISD 34.1374a and b

BLACK-FIGURE PYXIS WITH LID


Lent by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (34.1374 a and b)


Height with lid: 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm.)

Height without lid: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.)


Chipped at rim of base; lid broken and repaired with some plaster restoration. Glazed inside.


Body: symposion. Five bearded men recline on cushions and mattresses placed on the ground. One holds a kylix, and the other four play musical instruments, flutes and lyres. Behind, a leafless spray of ivy with only the berries (korymboi) depicted. The white of the cushions and dots of the drapery are mostly worn off.

On the lid: hunt. A youth with club and chlamys over one arm hunts a hare with the aid of three large dogs.

The scene on the body is framed above and below by a double row of dots between lines. The outer rim of the lid has a similar double row of black and white dots between lines; at the base of the knob, ray-like tongues. The edge of the lid is glazed.


Attributed to the Manner of the Haimon Painter [Bothmer]ca. 500 - 474 B. C.

This pyxis is similar to two in Berlin (Berlin F 2034 and Berlin F 2035; ABV, 556, no. 442 bis and 442 ter) ascribed to the Manner of the Haimon Painter. They are distinct from a number of pyxides of the Haimon Painter group which are variants of the Nicosthenic form with a black bowl and the picture confined to the lid (Para., 284). The scanty incision on the vague figures of the pyxis is characteristic of the Haimon Painter (Haspels 1936, 131).


Bibliography

Luce 1936, no. 2, p. 40, fig. 5; C. A. Robinson, Jr., "Greek and Roman Vases," BullRhode 27 (1939, reprinted 1951) no. 3, p. 7, fig 7.

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