Terracotta pyxis (cylindrical box)

Period: Late Minoan III

Date: ca. 1400–1100 B.C.

Culture: Minoan

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: diameter 10 1/4in. (26cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Gift of Alexander and Helene Abraham, in honor of Carlos A. Picón, 1999

Accession Number: 1999.423


While the painted decoration on pottery of Postpalatial Crete is not as fine as the earlier works produced in the palace workshops, the quality of potting and the pyrotechnology reached a high point. This piece is a good example of the fine quality that was achieved by potters on Crete at the end of the Late Bronze Age. It is a less common variation pf the pyxis type, a characteristic Minoan shape, which usually has a taller cylindrical body.