Corinthian Round-Bodied Pyxis

Perhaps by the Chimaera Painterabout 570 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

An animal frieze encircles the body of this Corinthian black-figure pyxis. Real and mythological creatures, including lions, a goat, a bull, and a bearded siren, make up the decoration. Their stylized, sharply outlined bodies rhythmically balance against one another. Rosettes fill the spaces around the animals. Above this, a lotus and palmette chain decorates the shoulder of the vessel. In place of handles, the potter has added mold-made female heads.

The pyxis was a container for perfumed oils and cosmetics. Beginning around 575 B.C., Corinthian potters occasionally added mold-made heads to these vessels. By the early 500s B.C., Corinthian pottery, with its simple and repetitive yet elegant decoration, had completely taken over the pottery market and became widely exported throughout the Mediterranean.

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  • Title: Corinthian Round-Bodied Pyxis
  • Creator: Perhaps by the Chimaera Painter
  • Date: about 570 B.C.
  • Location Created: Greece (Corinth)
  • Physical Dimensions: 21.7 x 22.2 cm (8 9/16 x 8 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Pyxis
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 88.AE.105
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 207, Women and Children in Antiquity
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Corinthian)
  • Classification: Vessels