Attic Horse Pyxis
Late Geometric Ia period (ca. 750 b.c.)
In Attica around the middle of the 8th century b.c. the practice of cremating the dead was almost exclusively replaced by inhumation. Large toilet boxes such as this are found in Late Geometric period graves of women, for the most part, and probably indicate the high status of the individual. The horses on the lid are typical of the more elaborate of these vessels, and the linear patterns, especially the meander, are hallmarks of the decorative schemes of this period.
H. 24.0; Dia. 32.0 cm. Photo by Maria Daniels for the Perseus Project.
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