Pyxis (Cylindrical Container)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

This type of copper‑toned lusterware known as Tell Minis ware is named after a village in central Syria where such pieces were found. Syrian potters used minimal amounts of silver and greater amounts of copper in creating luster glazes, thus endowing the luster with a distinct dark coppery hue. A shortage of silver in the region at the time may have caused a change in the luster glaze recipe.

Pyxis (Cylindrical Container), Stonepaste; luster-painted on incised, opaque white glaze

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