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A round box with a cover used to hold cosmetics or drugs.

Shape: Type A is illustrated here.

History: Ultimately derived from Corinthian types of covered boxes, the Athenian pyxis has various forms. But the form can be traced in pottery back to the Protogeometric period in Athens. In the early Geometric period there are two varieties: the pointed, which hardly outlives the ninth century; and the flat bottomed, which continues to the late Geometric. This type continues to grow larger and fatter, and carries rather elaborately sculpted handles on the cover . The walls of this early type tend to be convex. During the sixth century the style changes, and Athens is producing a box with a concave wall. The pyxis persists in Attica, to the fourth century, and is adapted and modified by the potters in Apulia.

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