Lidded container (pyxis) with women and their wool

Classical Period
about 450 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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



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)



1965, sold by Petros (Peter) Vitalis to Horace L. Mayer (b. 1899 - d. 1968), Williamstown, MA; 1965, gift of Horace L. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 1965)

NOTE: Said to have been found with MFA accession no. 65.908.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer