Relief Pithos (Storage Container) (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 675 BC
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.
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