Hellenistic Marble PyxisCirca 3rd-2nd Century BC
Description: Lovely example of a lidded pyxis, a vessel associated almost exclusively with women in antiquity, and generally used for holding items considered precious to the owner. The round body is thoughtfully utilitarian with straight sides and deep basin enabling secure storage of small objects, a slight ledge near the top. Central raised narrow circular foot and exterior flanges at the top and bottom of the vessel add a touch of elegance to this highly utilitarian vessel. The lid is delicate, slightly domed with a central small pointed knob and carved narrow etched border. The marble is milky white, a touch of light gray veining. Its sturdy nature makes this ancient pyxis well-suited for modern use as a jewelry box!
Height: 3 in. (7.5 cm)
Condition: Intact with a few small chips to the edge of the rim and base. Smooth surface.
Provenance: The pyxis was formerly a Swiss property acquired prior to 2000.
Reference: See Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World (London 1994) by Dyfri Williams and Jack Ogden, p. 90 for an earlier Greek marble pyxis in the British Museum together with the gem it contained.
Price: $ 1,900
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