Terracotta pyxis (box with lid)

Greek, Attic

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.

Terracotta pyxis (box with lid), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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