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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Attributed to the Group of the Athena-head Pyxides
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 400 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. with cover 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm) H. without cover 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm) diameter of box and cover 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.14a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Head of Athena

The helmet identifies this personage as Athena. The rendering is comparable to that on the obverse of Athenian coinage. On the pyxis as well as the coins, the format is circular.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): p. 132.

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