Container (pyxis) with horse on lid

Middle Geometric Period
800–775 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 278.


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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