Greek Geometric Pyxis
A large ancient Greek Geometric pyxis, the body pierced at each side for suspension, decorated in dark slip with meanders and X's, with two panels on each side depicting swans with star bursts in the field.
Geometric pottery production began as Greece reemerged from the Dark Age after the decline of Mycenaean Bronze Age civilization. Geometric pottery was austere but precise in its execution. The shapes and decorative motifs that would eventually be predominant in Classical Greek vase painting are at first evident in Greek Geometric pottery of the 8th century BC.
cf.: J. Boardman, Early Greek Vase Painting, 11th - 6th Centuries B.C., (London, 1998).
Formerly in a San Jose, California private collection, acquired from a previous collection in 1993.