Spherical pyxis

Early Aegean, Cycladic
Bronze Age, Early Cycladic II Period
about 2700–2200 B.C.


Height: 10.2 cm (4 in.); widest diameter, with handles: 14.5 cm; diameter of mouth 8.2 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Depressed spherical shape with flattened bottom; small mouth surrounded by flaring offset lip; double semi-cylindrical lugs, pierced vertically, placed in middle of the body at the point of widest diameter. Intact. Slightly chipped around lip. Gold patina varying from dark to light; slight encrustation; some residue in bottom interior.


Said to have been found near Marathon with MFA 1972.867, 868, 869; by the 1940s, with Nikolas Koutoulakis; by 1971: sold by Mr. Koutoulakis in Geneva to Robin Symes, 3 Ormond Yard, York Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1 (R. Symes, Ancient Art, June 1971, under no. 11, illus.); purchased by MFA from Robin Symes, September 13, 1972

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund