Geometric Pyxis (Storage Box) with Lid (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

760–750 BC
Greek (Attic)
Overall: 5 7/8 × 6 7/8 in. (14.92 × 17.46 cm)
Every surface of this elegant container is decorated with concentric circles (painted with multiheaded brushes), chevrons, and meanders-even the bottom is decorated with a fourteen-petalled rosette made with a compass. The pyxis was used for storing small objects such as cosmetics and jewelry; this example was held securely closed by strings running through the holes in the lid and lip of the bowl.
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund and a gift of funds from the Jerome Levy Foundation
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