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Terracotta pyxis (cosmetic box) with domed lid

2nd–1st century B.C.
Greek, Asia Minor
Terracotta; white-ground
h. with lid 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); h. without lid 4 7/16 in. (11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number:
26.199.12a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The preserved decoration on this white-ground pyxis, which consists of stippled swags tied with bows of olive branches, is very similar to that on the flaring bowl nearby. Both pieces are painted in the style of Lagynos ware, examples of which have been found throughout the Mediterranean, but in especially great numbers around Pergamon. The simple form of this pyxis, with its tapering body, flanged base, and unadorned domed lid, is perhaps a regional variation of the shape from Asia Minor that serves as a more humble counterpart to the more ornate examples of the type, such as the Macedonian pyxis also in this case (1979.76a,b).
From Sardis, Tomb 621

Rotroff, Susan Prof. 2003. The Hellenistic Pottery from Sardis: The Finds though 1994. p. 199, pls. 135a, 135d, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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