Terracotta pyxis (cylindrical box), Terracotta, Minoan

Terracotta pyxis (cylindrical box)

Late Minoan III
ca. 1400–1100 B.C.
diameter 10 1/4in. (26cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander and Helene Abraham, in honor of Carlos A. Picón, 1999
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
While the painted decoration on pottery of Postpalatial Crete is not as fine as the earlier works produced in the palace workshops, the quality of potting and the pyrotechnology reached a high point. This piece is a good example of the fine quality that was achieved by potters on Crete at the end of the Late Bronze Age. It is a less common variation pf the pyxis type, a characteristic Minoan shape, which usually has a taller cylindrical body.
[Until 1977, with Münzen und Medaillen AG BAsel]; [March 1977, purchased at the Basel Fair by McAlpine Ancient Art Ltd., from Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel]; [1977-1980, with the McAlpine Ancient Art Ltd., London]; 1980, purchased by Alexander and Helene Abraham from the McAlpine Ancient Art Ltd. through Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York; 1980-1999, collection of A. and H. Abraham, New York; acquired in 1999, gift of A. and H. Abraham.
Sotheby Parke Bernet. 1980. Important Eygptian, Classical, and Western Asiatic Antiquities. May 16, 1980. lot 163.

Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, Christopher S. Lightfoot, and Seán Hemingway. 2000. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1999–2000: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 58(2): p. 9.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000. "One Hundred Thirtieth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 130: p. 17.