Glass pyxis (box with lid), Glass, Roman

Glass pyxis (box with lid)

Early Imperial, Augustan or Julio-Claudian
late 1st century B.C.–mid-1st century A.D.
Glass; cast and cut
H. 2 1/8 in (5.4 cm)
Diameter: 2 9/16 in (6.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.78.118a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Both lid and pyxis in translucent deep honey brown.
Lid slightly domed with rounded edge to downward flaring sides; plain, rounded rim. Slightly inverted, rounded rim to pyxis, with recessed band below; vertical sides, tapering slightly downwards, with rounded edge to flat bottom; slight tooling indent on bottom.
On exterior of lid, two fine concentric grooves, and very small circle at center. On exterior of pyxis, raised ledge at base of band below rim, and halfway down side another raised horizontal line flanked by a groove above and below.
Intact; some pinprick and large bubbles, with striations; dulling, pitting, and slight iridescent weathering.
Rotary grinding marks on interior of lid and on exterior and interior of pyxis. The lid fits but does not sit on the raised ledge below the rim of the pyxis.
Said to be from Bicchiere (Tuscany), Italy

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: p. 26, fig. 19.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West, Elizabeth J. Milleker, ed. no. 49, pp. 62-63, 206, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.