Container (pyxis) with lid
about 440 B.C.
The Painter of London D12
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Overall: 18.5 x 15cm (7 5/16 x 5 7/8in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, White Ground
Conservation on View: Etruscan Sarcophagi (Gallery 117)
This pyxis depicts women doing domestic chores. They stand in pairs around the exterior. The first pair is a woman tightly wrapped in her robe (himation), sitting on a stool, and another who faces her and pulls at her dress (chiton). The second pair consists of two standing women, one wrapped in her robe, and the other offers her what may be a ball of wool. The last pair shows two women facing each other over a basket of wool. the one on the left reaches forth with another possible ball of wool, and the other pulls wool from the basket. Fillets and wreaths hang in the background.
An inscription incised under lid along the rim: “Lysandra gave [it] to Lysimachis” (LUSANDRA EDOKE LUSIMACHIDI).
"Lysandra gave [it] to Lysimachis" (LUSANDRA EDOKE LUSIMACHIDI)
ΛΥΣΑΝΔΡΑ ΕΔΟΚΕ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΙΔΙ
By date unknown: with Petros Vitalis (said to have been found with 65.908); 1965: purchased by Horace L. Mayer on behalf of MFA; gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, September 22, 1965
Gift of Horace L. Mayer