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pyxis

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1873,0915.14

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured pyxis and lid.
    Nyx and Selene. Selene, a girlish figure in a tied Doric chiton, her hair knotted behind, with a radiated fillet, rides on a horse side-saddle to right, looking downwards; her right rests on the horse's crupper, her left is hidden by the horse's neck, but probably holds the reins. Behind her come the four horses of the chariot of Nyx, each one slightly behind the other; and Nyx driving them, a winged girlish figure with tied chiton and hair streaming back from a radiated fillet, leaning forward to right and holding in each hand a pair of reins; on the right beside her head, a large eight-rayed star.
    The body of the vase is painted with a wreath of alternate pairs of leaves and berries of myrtle; the leaves are left red, the stems and berries coloured white. The centre of the lid is pierced to receive a bronze handle; around this the design is arranged in a frieze. Drawing of a late stage of good period, and somewhat careless. Purple reins and head-dresses, white star. Brown manes of horses, hair of Eos and markings on her wings and dress. Around the rim, a band of tongue pattern and dots. The figures are only half seen.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 430BC-410BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 14.6 centimetres
    • Height: 5.08 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Cf. Furtwangler, Sabouroff Coll. i, pl. 63.
    Nyx previously identified as Eos.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase E776 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G20a/dc14

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1873

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1873,0915.14

Pottery: red-figured pyxis and lid: Nyx (Night) and Selene (Moon).

Pottery: red-figured pyxis and lid: Nyx (Night) and Selene (Moon).

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