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Terracotta pyxis (cosmetic box)

6th century B.C.
Greek, Boeotian
Terracotta; black-figure
H.: 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
Accession Number:
75.2.19a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The pattern on the box of the pyxis is reminiscent of an organic material such as rush, grass, possibly even wood. Small lidded containers were certainly made of perishable materials that have now entirely disappeared.
Said to have been found in the vicinity of Athens

Before 1874, found in the vicinity Athens; briefly, with Professor Athanasios Sergiou Rhousopoulos, Athens; by 1874, purchased by Samuel G. Ward from Prof. A.S. Rhousopoulos, Athens; acquired 1875, gift of Samuel G. Ward.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1875. Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for the Year ending May 1, 1875. p. 70, New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 1768, p. 131, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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