Pyxis and lid

Archaic Period
about 550 B.C.
The Group of the Oxford Lid

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Concave pyxis without feet. Top and bottom of wall, band of dots. Wide frieze showing Herakles, at right, seizing Delphic tripod from Apollo, at left. Behind Herakles, Zeus, Hermes, and man holding wreaths, all standing. Behind Apollo, Poseidon, Nereus (?), Dionysos, and female goddess.
On lid, two sirens, lion, goat; ivy leaves at edge, black and purple; black and purple dots on knob.

Condition: Pyxis cracked, but not broken.


By date unknown: in the Sperling Collection (whose vases were all said to come from the collection of Baron Van der Elst who was in the Belgian Embassy in Rome and prior to that in Athens) (published by H. Payne, Necrocorinthia, 1931, p. 292 as: formerly in a dealer's shop in Athens); 1956: published by J. D. Beazley in Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, p. 616, as New York market; February 1959: purchased from Sperling by Horace L. Mayer (loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA as 10.59); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 1961; accessioned by MFA January 10, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer