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Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Greek (Corinthian) Ampersand Painter, fl. c. 580-570 B.C.
European; Southern European; Greek; Corinthian
European; Southern European; Mediterranean
Greek; fl. c.580-570 B.C. Early Western World, Ancient Mediterranean, Ancient
Pyxis (Container for Personal Objects)
Container for Personal Objects
view with sphinx flanked by panthers
Orientalizing Period/Archaic Period, 580/570 B.C.
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Earthenware, black-figure technique
The figures on this late Corinthian pyxis were drawn in silhouette and painted black with anatomical details picked out by incision. Patches of red and white paint were also used to enliven forms. This upright handled pyxis is decorated with a frieze of 'panthers,' a sphinx, a swan, a doe, and a goat, and the background is filled with so called 'splinter' rosettes. The painter of this pyxis is known as the Ampersand Painter because of the lengthened and curving shape he frequently gave to the tail of a sphinx, as here, and its similarity to the ampersand, the symbol often printed for 'and.' This is his name vase.
Europe, Greece, Peloponnesus, Kórinthos department, Corinth
H.: 14 cm (5-9/16 in.)W. at widest at belly: 15 cm (5-7/8 in.)Diam. at outside mouth: 6.9 cm (2-3/4 in.)
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Purchase Fund
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