Horse Pyxis (Circular Box)

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Athens, Greece
Horse Pyxis (Circular Box), Geometric Period (ca. 900–700 BC), 760/735 BC
Terracotta
8 1/2 × 10 1/8 in. (21.59 × 25.72 cm)
Purchase, with funds from the public M1969.76
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
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This pyxis, or circular box, which was used to store cosmetics and other personal items, was probably made in Athens in the mid-eighth century B.C. The precise and mathematical style of its painted surface decoration exemplifies the Geometric Period. The horse itself had special social significance, since raising horses was an aristocratic pursuit that only the rich could afford.

Publication History
Hoffmann, Herbert. Ten Centuries that Shaped the West. Houston: Institute for the Arts Rice University, Houston, 1971, p. 149.
Exhibition History
Ten Centuries that Shaped the West, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas, May 16–July 11, 1971.


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