Greek vases epitomize the standards set in ancient times for vessels designed to contain liquids.
They are sleek, elegant, refined, and aesthetically mature. The shapes which so distinguish these vessels are the result of hundreds of years of usage, testing and improvements. The drawings refer to Classical Greek mythology, which by now is so much a part of our lives that we don't even realize, most of the time, that we are dealing with myths, ways of thinking that go back more than 2000 years. That's one of the reasons why the ancient Greeks are so important to us. They permeate our lives right down to our subconscious. Remember the Oedipus complex? . . . He was Greek. Pyxidis were in use for hundreds and thousands of years before the Greeks started using them, so we can't credit them with developing the design but only with creating the sleek lines and rich ornamentation that we typically can see on them. The original dates from c.450 B.C., the height of the Classical period, otherwise known as the Hellenistic period.
This Pyxis in its original form was created at about the same time as the Age of Pericles began to bloom. Pericles, a wise statesman, contributed to the democratization of Athens and had, at his side, a group of artists and philosophers who together breathed into the culture an unparalleled intellectual and artistic life that remains one of the most productive and inspired periods in all of recorded history.
It measures 4 1/2" wide x 1 1/2" high. It is hand-crafted, hand-painted and hand-turned in Greece by modern day Greek artisans working to preserve their priceless heritage. The Pyxis is stamped and numbered on the underside.