Perfectly Perplexing Pyxides

Dating its beginnings to roughly 3000 BCE, the Early Bronze Age of the Cycladic Islands saw the rise of a rich and complex civilisation in the Aegean Sea pre-dating the Minoans on Crete in the south. Integral to the understanding of any society is the manner in which the dead were treated. Burials from the Early Cycladic, primarily Early Cycladic I (ECI) and Early Cycladic II (ECII), period most commonly feature pyxides such as the one in our collection. Pyxides are spherical or cylindrical containers with a lid, at times found with lugs on either side, decorated in various patterns and constructed out of variety of materials. ECI saw the appearance of basic pyxides with rectilinear incisio

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