Skip to Content

The museum is closed today. View our hours.

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

Image actions

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

Date:

late 6th century BCE

Artist:

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.

Currently Off View

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Pyxis (Container for Personal Objects)

Origin

Greece

Date

550 BCE–500 BCE

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique

Dimensions

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

Reference Number

1889.13

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share