Cylindrical container (pyxis) and lid

Greek
Late Geometric Period
760–740 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1970.232

Medium or Technique

Ceramic

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

On lid, four horses at center; horses mainly dark slip, but have lines, reserved lines, and band of tangential circles at lower neck. Bands of concentric decoration on lid include dots and tangential circles. On body, band of zig-zags; main band contains various motives in panels and metopes, including hatched swastikas, M’s (double chevrons), quatre-foils and hatched meanders. On bottom, concentric bands of decoration, including dotted wavy line, flower with 17 hatched petals, and 16-point star at center.

Vessels of this type are most commonly found in burials of women and probably served as containers for food or jewelry. The pyxis belongs to the “Agora Group” (Bouzek).

Provenance

June 22-23, 1951, sale (auction 10), Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Basel, lot 394. December 13, 1969, sale (auction 40), Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Basel, lot 29, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1970, gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 11, 1970)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay