Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta box of a pyxis

Early Cycladic I
ca. 3200–2800 B.C.
H.: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Diam.: 4 7/16 in. (11.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Claude Claire Grenier Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
It is interesting to compare the incised pattern on this box with those on the shallow silver bowls (46.11.1, 1972.118. 152).
Until 1981, collection of Marie-Louise and Hans Erlenmeyer, Basel (formed between mid-1940s and early 1960s); 1981-1990, with the Erlenmeyer Stiftung, Basel; [December 1990, purchased by Ancient Art, Inc., New York, through Sotheby’s London]; [1990-1995, with Ancient Art, Inc.]; acquired in December 1995, purchased from Peter Sharrer of Ancient Art, Inc., New York.
Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. 1977. Art and Culture of the Cyclades in the Third Millennium B.C., Brinna Otto and Jürgen Thimme, eds. p. 588, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Sotheby's, London. 1990. Ancient Glass, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern Antiquities, Irish Bronze Age Gold Ornaments, Ancient Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, South Italian Greek Pottery Vases and Roman mosaics. December 13–14, 1990. lot 125.

Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 1996. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1995-1996." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 54(2): p. 10.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1996. "One Hundred Twenty-sixth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1996." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 126: p. 17.

Related Objects

Terracotta kernos (vase for multiple offerings)

Date: ca. 2300–2200 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 2004.363.1 On view in:Gallery 151

Terracotta box of a pyxis (small box)

Date: ca. 3000–2800 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 2013.1104.4 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta collared jar with four lug handles

Date: ca. 2700–2200 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 2004.431 On view in:Gallery 151

Terracotta collared jar with four lug handles

Date: ca. 2700 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 2004.342.1 On view in:Gallery 151

Marble female figure

Date: 4500–4000 B.C. Medium: Marble Accession: 1972.118.104 On view in:Gallery 150