- Museum number
Body sherd (mended from nine fragments) of large Attic black-figured pottery lid with base of knob; interior: glazed black with three bands in added red; exterior has concentric bands of ornament; from centre: four bands around base of lost knob; alternating red and black tongues with added white dots at top of dividing lines; band of staggered dots between two groups of four black bands; lotus and bud chain (red buds, white centres for lotuses); band of staggered dots between sets of four lines; black-figure animal frieze, part of panther remaining, to right with head frontal (red on top of head, nose, shoulder; white dots on neck, and incised whiskers); parts of other creatures in frieze visible at three points of lid. There is a pre-firing hole at the centre.
- Production date
- 540BC-530BC (circa)
Thickness: 0.30 centimetres (about)
Width: 15.70 centimetres (greatest dimension)
- Curator's comments
- According to Beazley and Payne, the hole through the centre of the handle may have served to pass a bronze ring-handle through, as is seen on red-figured Type C pyxides. However, they acknowledge that there are no known black-figured examples.
Walters, in the Catalogue of the Greek and Etruscan Vases in the British Museum II, 275, incorrectly describes the animal as a lion.
- On display (G13/dc7)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number