South Italian Red-Figure Pyxis with Lady of FashionCirca 4th Century BC
Description: Apulian red-figure pyxis with a black-glazed dish and painted lid depicting two ladies of fashion facing left. The women are nearly identical with ornate saccos, spiked stephane, earrings and necklace all detailed in applied white and dilute black glaze. Between each face is a large palmette. Each woman is framed with a half palmette before her and volute behind her with added white enhancing the flora. The exterior of the handle to the lid is covered with a thinly applied black glaze, while the interior is decorated with a spoke pattern. The shallow bowl has an inset flange to receive the lid and is set on a high hollow foot. Nice example of the type.
Height: 3.8 in. (10 cm)
Condition: Intact with slight wearing of the glaze around the foot and misfiring inside the dish.
Provenance: Formerly a German property.
Reference: See Ceramica Italiota a Figure Rosse della Collezione Chini del Museo Civico di Bassano del Grappa (Rome 1979) by Giuseppe Andreassi, nos. 91-94 for examples of this type.
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