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Spherical pyxis

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Depressed spherical shape with flattened bottom; flaring offset lip around small mouth; double semi-cylindrical lugs, pierced vertically, set in middle of body at point of widest diameter. Intact, though slightly chipped around the edges of lip and lugs. Pale gold patina on the gray-veined marble.


Said to have been found near Marathon with MFA 1972.866, 868, 869; by the 1940s, with Nikolas Koutoulakis; by 1971: sold by Mr. Koutoulakis in Geneva to Robin Symes, 3 Ormond Yard, York Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1 (R. Symes, Ancient Art, June 1971, under no. 11, illus.); purchased by MFA from Robin Symes, September 13, 1972

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John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Early Aegean, Cycladic, Bronze Age, Early Cycladic II Period, about 2700–2200 B.C.


Height: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); widest diameter, with handles: 11.3 cm; diameter of mouth: 5.7 cm

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The Ancient World