Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

Cypselus chest
(251 words)

[German version]

Container (kypsélē, kibōtós, lárnax) made from cedar wood decorated with ivory and gold plaques and carvings, described by Pausanias (5,17,5-19,10) as a votive gift from  Cypselus [2] or the  Cypselides in the temple of Hera in Olympia. Legend declared the chest to be the vessel in which Cypselus [2] was saved from the Bacchiadae as a child, or rather as its replica. It was probably manufactured in the mid 6th cent. BC.

Because of the description provided by Pausanias, the Cypselus chest is an important source for the exploration of archaic imagery. A…

Cite this page
Neudecker, Richard (Rome), “Cypselus chest”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e626610>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



▲   Back to top   ▲