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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Period:
Late Corinthian
Date:
mid-6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Corinthian
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); diameter of mouth 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.63
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the body, frieze of animals
On the shoulder, frieze of animals interrupted by human busts

In this distinctly Corinthian type of pyxis, the molded busts serve as handles. On an example exhibited on the main floor in the Belfer Court (74.51.364), an inscription gives the name of each of the women--Himero, Charita, and Iopa.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Early Greek Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(7): p. 177.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 38, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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