Greek Pyxis with Lid, Magna Graecia

Rotating image of greek pyxis

Greece, 5th century BCE
Terracotta
4 1/2" height; 4 1/4" diameter
Gift of Harvey and Deborah Breverman, 2013.HB.90

Pyxis vessels were likely used to hold small trinkets, such as cosmetics and ointments. They vary in style, but frequently include geometric designs. "Magna Graecia" was a term used to describe a Greek colony in Southern Italy. 


Additional Images


Close up of the side of the vessel Lid separated from the vessel

Close up of the side of the vessel

Pyxis with lid detached


Close up of the top of the vessel

Close up of the top of the vessel