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Terracotta pyxis (box with lid)

Period:
Geometric
Date:
mid-8th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. (10.5 x 28.5 cm) H. with cover 9 15/16 in. (25.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
48.11.5a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
While pyxides are frequently found in burials, they also may have served as a container for small objects during the owner's lifetime. In the grave they may have contained perishable offerings, such as food. The knob of the lid assumes many different forms. Here the articulation of the shaft contrasts particularly with the smooth surface of the box.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1949. "Recent Accessions of Greek Terracotta Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 8(3): p. 91.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 25, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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