Container (pyxis) with horse on lid

Greek
Middle Geometric Period
800–775 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 278.

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.); diameter: 25.6 cm (10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.359

Medium or Technique

Ceramic

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The pyxis cover has a horse in the center. The horse has linear decoration on mane, center of back, face, neck and chest. The knob is decorated with lines set in the center of the handle, under the horse. The cover is decorated with linear decoration including lines, gear pattern, rays and cross-hatched triangles. There are four holes, two each on opposite sides. The main decoration on the horse’s body is hatched meander, with zig-zag above and rays below. The bottom is also decorated with linear decoration.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund