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Pyxis (Container for Personal Objects)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.
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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.

Date:

430-420 BCE

Artist:

Greek; Athens

About this artwork

Nine women are depicted in the figured scene that runs right around the vase. The women are presumably in the gynaikeion or women’s quarters, and include a seated woman with a book roll, a woman holding wreath, a woman with a mirror, a woman with an alabastron, a woman with a sash, a woman with a lyre, a woman with a mirror, a girl standing stiff and straight to the right, who might be the bride-to-be, and a woman with an alabastron.

Vessels of this type were probably used to hold personal effects like cosmetics, jewelry, or other trinkets and were often given as wedding gifts.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Pyxis (Container for Personal Objects)

Origin

Athens

Date

430 BCE–420 BCE

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

H. 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.); diam. 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1892.126a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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