A closed box often used as a container for human remains. In Minoan–Mycenaean times it took the form of a ceramic coffin imitating a wooden chest. In Hellenistic times it was a kind of terracotta sarcophagus that enjoyed a brief period of popularity during the 6th and 5th centuries bc. Some were painted in imitation of contemporary vase styles. A small gold larnax containing the ashes of a male was found in the so‐called royal tomb at Vergina, Greece.