Spherical pyxis

Early Aegean, Cycladic
Bronze Age, Early Cycladic II Period
about 2700–2200 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); widest diameter, with handles: 11.3 cm; diameter of mouth: 5.7 cm

Accession Number

1972.867

Medium or Technique

Marble

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Depressed spherical shape with flattened bottom; flaring offset lip around small mouth; double semi-cylindrical lugs, pierced vertically, set in middle of body at point of widest diameter. Intact, though slightly chipped around the edges of lip and lugs. Pale gold patina on the gray-veined marble.

Provenance

Said to have been found near Marathon with MFA 1972.866, 868, 869; by the 1940s, with Nikolas Koutoulakis; by 1971: sold by Mr. Koutoulakis in Geneva to Robin Symes, 3 Ormond Yard, York Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1 (R. Symes, Ancient Art, June 1971, under no. 11, illus.); purchased by MFA from Robin Symes, September 13, 1972

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund