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Type A pyxis

A vase with high concave walls and a flattened cover with a knob serving as a handle. It sometimes has a low foot-disc or it may stand on three notched low feet.

History: Pyxides come in a variety of shapes. This shape was the most common and was borrowed from the covered boxes of Corinth. It is popular throughout the sixth century to the fifth century B.C. Regularly decorated with various scenes of women, these vessels frequently appear in representations of women's apartments in both vase-painting and in relief sculpture.

Term: The ancient Greek word pyxis is used to describe a box made of boxwood, which was used by physicians for holding their drugs.

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