Cylindrical Box (Pyxis)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457

Late Antique and Byzantine pyxides generally had flat lids, but the lids covering the cylindrical vessels of this Andalusian group are all domical. Thus, the missing lid of this example would probably have been domical as well. Made principally for the personal use of Umayyad nobility, these containers held precious aromatics and cosmetics.

Cylindrical Box (Pyxis), Ivory; carved

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