Figural scene, detail: A woman, swathed in a himation, is seated profile t...

Oblique top view of pyxis interior

Figural scene, detail: A door divides a seated woman from a running woman

Figural scene, detail: Between two columns stands a woman, reaching to (kn...

Exterior of pyxis, including second lid

Oblique top view of second lid

Collection: Paris, Musée du Louvre
Summary: The sides of the pyxis are decorated with images of women inside the house
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Date: ca. 450 BC - ca. 400 BC
Shape: Pyxis
Beazley Number: 9599
Period: High Classical


Decoration Description: A continouous figural frieze decorates the outside of the pyxis. Between two columns stands a woman, reaching to (kneeling before?) an altar; a wreath is hung on the wall behind her. In the next intercolumniation flies a winged Nike, with a wreath, toward a low altar. A woman, swathed in a himation, is seated profile to the right on a stool, between the last column and a door, to the right of which runs another woman, shown in 3/4-view to the right, toward a basin, although she turns her head profile to the left, toward the door.

Other Bibliography: Cavalier 1997, 348-349, fig. 116; Images 1984, 98, fig. 141