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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 425–400 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. with lid 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) diameter of body 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) diameter of lid 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.121a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Erotes pursuing women

The pyxis was a container for small items and toilet articles. The decoration of Erotes rushing in hot but endless pursuit around the circumference is charming and suggestive.
Said to be from Greece

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 615, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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