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Pyxis (Container for Personal Objects)

Bowl-shaped terracotta vessel with a foot, glazed in red with black figures encircling its body.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Bowl-shaped terracotta vessel with a foot, glazed in red with black figures encircling its body.


late 6th century BCE


Greek; Athens

About this artwork

There is a continuous frieze around the body of the vessel consisting of seated draped youths, standing draped females, naked youths with spears, runners and young riders. The draped male figures, seated and standing, all seem to be youths (they wear long chitons and himatia) and hold staffs. The standing women have lost their added white paint. A single naked boy is introduced in the frieze behind one of the women. There are mock inscriptions (dots) in the field.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Pyxis (Container for Personal Objects)


Greece (Object made in)

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550 BCE–500 BCE


terracotta, black-figure


18 × 14.2 × 20 cm (7 1/8 × 7 5/8 × 7 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

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