ostracon ancient art



Apulian Globular Pyxis, ca. 320-300 BC

Large two-piece vessel of spherical form with a big knob on top of the lid and a raised foot.

The lid decorated on both sides with a winged Eros seated on a rock and facing left. One figure holds up a mirror with his right hand, the other carries a dish with double hooks, a sash suspended underneath. Flowers in the field.

One Eros wears a kekryphalos with a bun at rear, the other a pointed cap. Both carry earrings, necklaces, bracelets, strings of beads around the chest, the left thigh and anklet, as well as sandals.

The figures are separated by palmettes. The bowl is encircled by a reserved laurel-wreath with white berries. Details in added white and yellow.

A vertical marking on the perimeter to align lid and bowl.

Reconstituted from fragments. Applied white color faded or worn in places. Much preliminary sketch and red wash on the reserved areas.

H. 24.7 cm (9.7 in), D. 20.6 cm (8.1 in)

German private collection, since the late 1970s.

4200 USD

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