chest of Cypselus

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A chest of cedar‐wood decorated with figures in ivory, gold, and wood, exhibited at Olympia in the temple of Hera. It is said to have been the one in which the infant Cypselus was hidden, and afterwards to have been dedicated by either Cypselus or his son Periander. Nothing of this famous chest survives, but Pausanias' 3 long description of the decorations suggests that they were in the style of contemporary painted pottery, i.e. that of the 7th to 6th cent. bc.

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