Six-Sided Pyx

Date: 3rd century

Culture: Late Roman

Medium: Champlevé enamel, bronze, inlaid with millefiore enamel

Dimensions: Overall: 2 7/16 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/16 in. (6.2 x 5.7 x 5.3 cm)

Classification: Enamels-Champlevé

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1947

Accession Number: 47.100.7


Small six-sided boxes such as this one, with millefiore enamel, have been found all over Europe, including Germany, Poland, and the Ukraine. In this technique, the artist fuses together glass rods of different colors. The multicolored rods are then cut into cross-sections, which are placed in a metal base and heated sufficiently for them to adhere. The result is intricate pattern of flowers and checkerboards.