Rim of pyxis lid or small bowl

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Middle Minoan Period


1.6 x 3.9 cm (5/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Rim of pyxis lid or small bowl. Buff clay and slip; dark, lustrous red paint. Pointed rim; strong carination, must be a lid. Red coats the inside and makes concentric circles on upper outside of lid. Three concentric arches reach to the carination, with the uppermost arch much thicker than those below. A vertical series of dots, growing larger from the bottom, bubble up between the arches. Red painted “P” [Phaistos?].
The object is made up of three fragments.


Perhaps from Phaistos (red painted "P" on the sherd); by date unknown: Alice Walton Collection; by mid 1950s: Mrs. H. Stuart Hughes Collection (purchased from Louis Joseph); gift to MFA from Mrs. H. Stuart Hughes, May 14, 1959 (accepted as Apparatus); accessioned by MFA as gift of Mrs. Suzanne R. Dworsky, March 25, 1992

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Suzanne R. Dworsky