Terracotta pyxis (box with lid)

Period: Geometric

Date: mid-8th century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: Overall: 4 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. (10.5 x 28.5 cm)
H. with cover 9 15/16 in. (25.2 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1948

Accession Number: 48.11.5a, b


While pyxides are frequently found in burials, they also may have served as a container for small objects during the owner's lifetime. In the grave they may have contained perishable offerings, such as food. The knob of the lid assumes many different forms. Here the articulation of the shaft contrasts particularly with the smooth surface of the box.