Design (5) – Fear of emptiness?

Miko Flohr, 19/12/2018

This sixth century BCE pyxis probably comes from Corinth and  currently belongs to the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Note how the decoration uses three different colours (background yellow, black and dark red) combining geometrical patterns with mythological animals and floral motifs – typically for its time, there is a tendency to fill up all ’empty’ space with motifs and other elements.