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

Unknown (Artist)

2600–2200 BC
Overall (with lid): 2 3/4 × 4 × 3 1/2 in. (6.99 × 10.16 × 8.89 cm)
Boxes like this have been found containing jewelry in Cycladic burials. Only about forty-five covered pyxides are known, and no others have this arrangement of holes through the vessel’s lip.
Middle to Late Cycladic Period
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
“Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World,” interactive multimedia program, The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL): 1996.

“The Art of the Cyclades.” Safani Gallery (New York, NY): 7 May-18 June 1983.

“Odyssey of an Art Collector: Unity in Diversity.” Isaac Delgado Museum (New Orleans, LA): 1966-67.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen, and Heather S. Russell. Ancient Art: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1998. (p. 38)

Getz-Gentle, Pat. Stone Vessels of the Cyclades in the Early Bronze Age. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996, p. 347, pls. 76d and 77a, fig. I21.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. Early Cycladic Sculpture. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985, p. 13, pl. 1c.
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