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Terracotta pyxis (box) with lid

Attributed to the Painter of Philadelphia 2449
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. with cover 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) H. without cover 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1117a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Interior scene with six women conversing and working wool

The woman to the right of the column, who has just arrived, offers a long fillet (band) to her seated friend and receives a flower in return. Behind her, another woman walks toward a seated woman holding up a necklace. Two women work wool. One stands with a distaff in her left hand. From the hank of wool wound around it, she has drawn out a length of fibers and is twisting them into yarn with her right hand by twirling the long spindle that hangs over a wool basket. The other woman sits with one leg propped up and her skirt raised above the knee. She apparently is winding wool into a skein and drawing the yarn over her leg to prevent it from snarling.
McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 38-39, 44, 69, fig. 46, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 21, fig. 139, New York: Plantin Press.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 38-39, 44, 69, fig. 46, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 87, 228, pl. 68g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 815, no. 3 top, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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