Hellenistic Period
about 300 B.C.


10.6 cm (4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, West Slope ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



On top and wall of lid, vine pattern in applied white and cream, unusually well preserved. Part of lower flange missing.
Tall box-shaped pyxis with domed top above wide flange, concave sides; bottom part with wide flange to carry lid, and very narrow foot.
Label text:
Clay with black glaze, thinned clay slip and white overpaint
In the early Hellenistic period, the classical tradition of thinned clay ornament on black glazed vessels was transformed. The slip was no longer gilded (as was the case originally in the large pyxis, number 17). The red color of the slip was left visible, and it was complemented with white paint. This new, more colorful approach has been named after the west slope of the Acropolis of Athens, where the first examples were found.


By date unknown: on the art market in Athens; purchased on behalf of MFA by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; September 21, 1960: purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III at the original dealer's total price of
$ 200.00 for 60.932- 60.934

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund