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Terracotta pyxis (cosmetic box)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Boeotian
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H.: 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
Accession Number:
75.2.19
  • Description

    The pattern on the box of the pyxis is reminiscent of an organic material such as rush, grass, possibly even wood. Small lidded containers were certainly made of perishable materials that have now entirely disappeared.

  • Provenance

    Said to have been found in the vicinity of Athens

    Before 1874, found in the vicinity Athens; briefly, with Professor Athanasios Sergiou Rhousopoulos, Athens; by 1874, purchased by Samuel G. Ward from Prof. A.S. Rhousopoulos, Athens; acquired 1875, gift of Samuel G. Ward.

  • References

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 70.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 1768, p. 131, no 1768.

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