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Lidded lekanis with panthers, a sphinx, and harpies

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: Greek
: Corinthian, ca. 600 – 575 B.C.
: Terracotta
: H: 9 cm (3.5 in)
: $45,500

The Gilbert collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, acquired in New York, 29 July 1997.


The lekanis has twin spurred handles on either side of a shallow footed bowl, decorated by three rows of red pomegranates along the rim and a series of red, black, and clay colored bands below. Narrow concentric red bands continue in the black-glazed interior, and on the outer bands of the lid. The lid features a frieze with a foliate design of palmettes, tendrils, and lotus buds heraldically flanked by two panthers behind a sphinx and two harpies. A star pattern on the concave knob radiates outward from a red medallion, while rosettes and rings of sunburst dots fill the field.


The Gilbert Collection: by Phoenix Ancient Art, New York, 2019, no. 114


La Biennale, Grand Palais, Paris, 11-17 September 2019;

PAD London, Berkeley Square, London, 30 September 6 – October 2019

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