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Accession_Number 51.7.2
adlib_title Perhaps Attic pyxis with lid
Shape Pyxis with lid
Shape_description Lid: slightly convex top with circular groove (1.9 cm diam.) at the centre, overhanging a cylindrical body, with straight sides, terminating in a rounded rim at bottom. Pyxis: high cylindrical body with straight sides and simple rounded rim sits atop a flanged element, with rounded edges, that slopes sharply to a foot ring with tapered interior edge and rounded resting surface.
Material Terracotta
Fabric Perhaps Attic
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 5YR 6/6
Decoration Lid: The centre of the top of the lid is reserved, surrounded by two concentric bands—one red, one reserved— then a red circle, from which a band of tongues radiates. This is surrounded by a scallopped black band (fired red on one side), then an inverse wave pattern (waves leaning to the right), and finally a reserved band. The outer edge of the flange and the upper part of the body are glazed black. The remainder of the body is decorated with an egg and dot band (for which each eggs is a thick u circumscribed with a thin u), then a black band, then a wave band (with waves leaning to the right). The lower rim is reserved. The interior is glazed black, misfired to red on the underside of the top. Pyxis: Entirely glazed, fired mostly black on the exterior (with some red patches on the flange and the top of the body), and red on the interior.
Inscriptions
Condition Lid: Comprised of 6 of more pieces, rejoined, with plaster filling (painted red) on the side of the body. Surface worn, with scratches and pitting on the exterior decoration and glaze nearly chipped off on the interior. Pyxis intact and nearly complete, but missing a chip on the rim. Surface severely worn with most of glaze chipped off. Some white deposits on the resting surface of the lid.
Technique/Style
Provenance
Period Late Classical / Early Hellenistic
Date 4 c.
Dating_details
Artist
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Image
2003.64.0001.jpg
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Top view of the lid of a red-figure pyxis, showing concentric band, tongue, and wave pattern decorations.
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2003.64.0007.jpg
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Side view of an Attic pyxis, with lid closed, showing egg-and-dot and wave patterns on the exterior of the lid.
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2003.92.0195.jpg
2003.92.0195.jpg
Top view of an Attic pyxis, top section, showing black and red interior.
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2003.92.0196.jpg
Top view of an Attic pyxis, top section, showing concentric band, tongue, and wave pattern decorations.
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2003.92.0197.jpg
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Oblique side view of an Attic pyxis, showing decorated lid and black exterior of bottom section.
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2003.92.0198.jpg
Oblique side view, from the top, of an Attic pyxis, bottom section, showing black sides and red interior.
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2003.92.0199.jpg
2003.92.0199.jpg
Bottom view of an Attic pyxis, upside down, showing flat base with raised circular resting surface and black circular decoration at centre.
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Bottom view of an Attic pyxis, upside down, showing flat base with raised circular resting surface and black circular decoration at centre.
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2003.92.0201.jpg
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Top view of an Attic pyxis, bottom section, showing red interior and chipped rim.
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Bottom view of the base of an Attic pyxis, showing flat base with raised circular resting surface and black circular decoration at centre.
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2003.93.0336.jpg
Bottom view of the base of an Attic pyxis, showing flat base with raised circular resting surface and black circular decoration at centre.
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2003.93.0338.jpg
2003.93.0338.jpg
Oblique side view, from the top, of an Attic pyxis, bottom section, showing black sides and red interior.
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2003.93.0340.jpg
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Front view of an upturned Attic (?) pyxis lid, showing exterior decoration and black-glazed interior.
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2003.93.0341.jpg
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Oblique side view of an Attic pyxis, showing decorated lid.
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2003.93.0354.jpg
2003.93.0354.jpg
Oblique side view of an Attic pyxis, showing decorated lid.
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2003.93.0356.jpg
2003.93.0356.jpg
Oblique side view of an Attic pyxis, showing decorated lid.
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Front view of Attic pyxis, bottom section, showing badly worn and chipped black exterior.
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2003.97.0727.jpg
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Side view of Attic pyxis, bottom section, showing flat surface on which lid rests.
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Top view of Attic pyxis, bottom section, showing rim and red interior.
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2003.97.0729.jpg
2003.97.0729.jpg
Bottom view of the base of an Attic pyxis, showing flat base with raised circular resting surface and black circular decoration at centre.
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2003.97.0730.jpg
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Side view of an Attic pyxis with lid, showing pattern on the body and lid.
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2003.97.0731.jpg
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Side view of an Attic pyxis with lid, showing the design on the body and lid.
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2003.97.0732.jpg
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Side view of an Attic pyxis with lid, showing design on the body and lid.
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2003.97.0733.jpg
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Top view of an Attic pyxis lid, showing design on the lid.
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2003.97.0734.jpg
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Underside view of an Attic pyxis lid, showing black glazed interior.
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Beazley_DB
Height Lid: 5.6; pyxis: 5.7. Together (when assembled): 7.2
Diameters Lid: flange 10.1; rim 9.0; body 8.8. Pyxis: rim: 8.1; flange 9.4; footring: 5.8 (ext.), 4.7 (int.)
Handle_height
Other_dims. H. lid 5.6; H. pyxis 5.9
Location Timeline 3 top
Edited_by Denise; Kinsey; Teifi; Amy. Joana Varela
Date_edited 29.08.2002; 16.01.2006; 16.08.2006; 10.08.2011; 05.04.2017
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