Late Geometric - Early Proto-Corinthian Pyxis (Box) Rim FragmentGeometric-Archaic
750 BCE - 690 BCE
1 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 1/4 in. (2.6 cm x 3.2 cm x 0.6 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2011.17.86
Geography: Europe, Greece, Corinth
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Pyxides
Collection: Collection of Doreen Canaday Spitzer
Findspot: Perachora (per inscription on sherd)
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- Late Geometric - Refers to the most advanced phase of Geometric style, dating to the mid- and late eighth century BCE and appearing across a wide geographical area. It varied significantly in different locations, but in general it is characterized in vase painting by a sophistication in the representation of figures and animals, including the portrayal of recognizable mythological figures and narrative scenes. Sculpture from this period depicts a wide variety of animals and human figures that are stylized, but more naturalistic than in earlier art.
- Proto-Corinthian - Refers to the Orientalizing phase of Greek art in Corinth, from about 720 to 620 BCE, which is roughly contemporary with the Proto-Attic phase in Athens. The Proto-Corinthian pottery style developed in Corinth in the eighth century BCE and lasted until around 640 BCE. It is characterized by vessels that are usually cups, jugs, or perfume pots, with decoration that is at first geometric and later includes animal and human figures, with occasional Eastern curvilinear ornamentation. The later examples are distinctive for the rounded contours and animation of the figures, painted in outline and silhouette, with added designs in incision and white color.
- pyxides - Relatively small, squat lidded boxlike vessels for holding cosmetics and toilet articles in ancient Greece. Generally cylindrical in shape. Often found in the graves of women and warriors.
- rim sherds - Fragments of a ceramic or glass vessel from just below the rim.
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