ROMAN PYXIS WITH LID
Mid-late 1st century AD | Eastern Mediterranean, probably Syria
Size↑9.5 cm (↑lid 5.6 cm ↑pyxis 6.2 cm) | ø 5.5 cm | Weight 38 g
Technique: Free blown, tooled
Description: Transparent yellow-brown glass for the pyxis and translucent amber for the lid. Small cylindrical container with a gently domed mouth with wide rounded opening, cut-out hollow tubular flange at the junction with the body and the base, base slightly indented, base ring folded outward. No pontil mark. Tall hollow lid with cut-out hollow flange at the midpoint. The upper part domed.
Condition: The lid is intact, the body of the pyxis with some small hairline cracks; nice silvery iridescence
Provenance: Malter Galleries Inc, Encino, CA. USA, auction 13 February 2011, lot 207 Collection Venice Beach USA formed between 1960s – 1970s, thence by descent
Reference: Fascinating Fragility, a Private Collection of Ancient Glass, N.F. Bijnsdorp, nos. NFB 096 & NFB 111 Verres Antiques et de l’Islam, Ancienne Collection de Monsieur D. (Jean Hubert Demeulenaere) no. 161 Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, S. H. Auth, no. 145, inv. no. 50.1526a & b Glass from the Ancient World, The Ray Winfield Smith Collection cat. no. 64 (in opaque light blue)