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Terracotta pyxis (box) with the Judgment of Paris

Attributed to the Penthesilea Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 465–460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) H. with cover 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.36a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
During the mid-fifth century B.C., the whiteground technique was commonly used for lekythoi (oil flasks placed on graves) and fine vases of other shapes. Eros is characteristically represented as a young man and as the attendant of Aphrodite, who stands next to him waiting for the shepherd Paris to choose her as the most beautiful of goddesses; in return she offers Paris the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen.
Said to be from Cumae

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