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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 223

    A ROMAN OPAQUE LIGHT BLUE GLASS LIDDED PYXIS

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN OPAQUE LIGHT BLUE GLASS LIDDED PYXIS
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The body blown into a three-part mould, with eight rectangular panels with four repeated designs, a spoked wheel below a triangular pediment, a stylized palmette below an arch, a circle with a central dot within a lozenge, and a lotus flower on a stem below a rounded arch, the base blown into a separate mould, with two rows of pointed leaves around concentric circles, the domed lid blown into a single mould with concentric rings encircled by eight inverted palmettes

    3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm.) high incl. lid


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    This rare pyxis belongs to a small group, some of which are recognised as sharing moulds. The majority of the surviving examples are in opaque white, a tradition perhaps arising from the use of white marble, ivory and bone for pyxides in the Greek world (Lightfoot, 2014, p. 130). Harden has noted that "some of the decorative elements match those on glasses signed by Ennion" (1987, p. 158).

    For a similar pyxis in opaque white, and a listing of examples from the same or closely related moulds as the present lot, see Matheson, 1980, p. 46, no. 121 and Lightfoot, op. cit.. From these comprehensive lists, it would seem there are only three other known examples in opaque light blue - one at the British Museum (inv. no. 1892,0613.52), which is missing its lid, and another discovered at Krenides at Philippi and now in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (Adam-Veleni, 2010, p. 398, no. 480). For the third, see Clemenz & Steinemann, 1981, p. 80, no. 266.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1991.