Pyxis (808)

Τελευταία τροποποίηση: 03-SEP-2009


Wooden hexagonal pyxis decorated with repoussé gold plates. Mycenae, Grave Circle A, Grave V, 16th cent BC. Inv. no. 808, 811. Galley 4. The gold plates depict lions chasing a deer and an antelope among palm-trees, spirals and bovine heads. The latter, with their exaggerated eyes, dominate the composition. This pyxis is a unique find both because of the wood, which rarely survives from the Mycenaean period, but also because of the distinctive character of the scene depicted.

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