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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Early Hellenistic
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Canosan
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) diameter 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.253a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
On the lid, seated couple and Eros

Although the two works were acquired separately, the figured tondi were made from the same mold. The colors that are preserved quite well here indicate the original, brightly polychrome appearance of vases that were made for the tomb.
The pyxis 06.1021.253a, b comes from the same pair of burials as the loutrophoroi 06.1021.245 and 06.1021.249; the funnel-jar 06.1021.248a, b; and the two-handled vase 06.1021.246a, b.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia p. 190, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 625, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Pfrommer, Michael. 1987. Studien zu Alexandrinischer und Grossgriechischer Toreutik frühhellenistischer Zeit, Archäologische Forschungen 16. n. 615, Berlin: Mann.

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