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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Related to the Painter of Munich 1842
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. with lid 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.164a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Around the box, warriors arming
On the lid, athletes

This engaging little box is decorated with rapidly executed images of warriors putting on their greaves (shin guards) while their spears and shields are held by female members of the household. Greaves and ankle guards were hammered from sheet bronze and retained considerable tensile strength, allowing them to be snapped onto the raised leg.
Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 21, fig. 137, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 197, pl. 37e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. pp. 455, 698, no. 3 bottom, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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