Glass mosaic pyxis with lid

Period: Early Imperial

Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; cast

Dimensions: H.: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891

Accession Number: 91.1.1335a, b


Small bottles and lidded pyxides (boxes) in mosaic and luxury gold-band glass were made during the Julio-Claudian period. But as glass-blowing became more widespread during the mid-1st century, they were quickly supplanted by free-blown versions, often in more transparent glass that allowed one to see the contents.