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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 13, 2016

LIDDED PYXIS of Nico F. Bijnsdorp



1st century AD. Eastern Mediterranean, perhaps Syria.

H = 10,3 cm. D max = 7,5 cm. D rim= 7,5 cm. D base 6,9 cm. Weight 124 gr.

Condition: Intact.

Technique: Free blown. Tooled.

Description: Translucent natural olive-green glass with a swirl of amber for the pyxis; the lid translucent amber.
Small cylindrical container with a gently domed mouth with wide rounded opening, cut-out hollow tubular flange at the junction of the shoulder and body and also at the junction of the body and the flat base. No pontil mark. Tall hollow lid with cut-out hollow flange at the mid-point, that rests on top of the aperture of the pyxis, while the lower part extends inside; the upper part domed, terminating in a pincered knob.

Remarks: Glass pyxides are sometimes (erroneously) called inkwells, and the narrow mouth is consistent with this function (see Isings 1957 Form 77). The absence of specimens found in the Western Empire suggests that the type was made largely or wholly in the Eastern part of the Roman Empire.

Provenance: Ex collection P.L.W. Arts, 2002.

Published: Arts 2000, A Collection of Ancient Glass, No. 25.

Reference: Auth 1976, Newark Museum, No. 145., Saldern 1974, Oppenländer Collection, No. 298., Loudmer 1985, Collection Monsieur D., No. 161., Whitehouse 1997, Corning Museum, No. 360.

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