Canosan pottery pyxis

The bowl with a cylindrical body and splayed foot, the domed lid with a moulded rim and central  medallion in relief representing the lovers, Aphrodite and Adonis; on the right the nude Adonis is seated on a draped stool, Aphrodite is sitting on his lap, wearing a diaphanous floor-length robe, which falls in spiraling pleats between her legs, his right hand grasping her neck, her left hand holding his forearm, her right hand resting on his back, to the right Eros approaches, his baldric across his body, with upraised wings and arms, his left hand holding up the ends of a chlamys, a fillet in his right, his flowing mantle cascading behind, remains of white, blue and pink slip

South Italy, Hellenistic period, 3rd century B.C.
Diam. 22.8 cm (8 31⁄32 in)

Private collection, Switzerland, acquired in 1976
Thence by descent

Attualità del passato, no. 58, December 1989, 99

The British Museum, Museum number 1849,0718.1

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