Relief Pithos (Storage Container) (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 675 B.C.
Greek (Cretan)
Overall: 57 1/2 × 35 3/8 in. (146.05 × 89.85 cm)
The triangular faces of the sphinxes and their wig-like hair with horizontal divisions are characteristic features of Daedalic art, the style of the earliest monumental sculptures of Greek art were created. At this time, Greek artists were increasingly aware of both the iconographic (e.g., the sphinxes) and technical conventions (the use of moulds and dies) of Near Eastern and Egyptian art. The alternating knobs and rosettes at the base of the neck, and the rosettes stamped on the lip and vertical bands on the body recall motifs on late Assyrian reliefs.
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
“Deadalische Kunst auf Kreta,” Hamburg Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe (Hamburg, Germany): 1970.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen. “Tradition and Imagination: Five Centuries of Greek Ceramic Art.” Apollo 122, no. 286, (December 1985): p. 26, fig. 2.

Siegel, Laura Jean. “Eastern Echoes in the Art of Ancient Greece,” Arts in Virginia 21, no. 2 (Winter 1981): pp. 16-18, figs. 1-2.

Hornbostel, W. “Kretische Reliefamphoren.” In Dädalische Kunst auf Kreta im 7. Jahrhundert v. Chr., exhibition catalogue, edited by Friedrich Matz. Mainz: Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1970, pp. 83-84, pls. 24-25, C28.
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