The pyxis is inscribed in the Doric dialect of Greek, used in south-west Asia Minor and the neighboring island of Rhodes. Although there are difficulties in interpreting the metrical text, it may be taken to say "Brasia is the most beautiful on earth—so it seems to me," followed by the names of four Greek gods, Zeus, Hermes, Artemis, and Athena. Brasia may be the name of a well-known hetaira (courtesan).
Inscription: Inscribed: "the fairest [region] of the land is the Brasian as it seems to me" and: "Zeus, Hermes, Artemis, Athena".
Said to be from Rhodes
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 104, 244, pl. 84i, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Wachter, Rudolf and Oxford University Press. 2001. Non-Attic Greek Vase Inscriptions. pp. 222-3, no. DOH 3, Oxford.