Ancient Greece, Geometric period, ca. 8th century BCE. A lidded pyxis presenting an ever-so-slightly flatted, globular body adorned by incised striations, a pair of wonderful bird protomes at the rim, and an openwork ornament at the lower end. The lid also shows bird protomes and a single vertical post/handle. This form of pyxis is called a "sickle" type, since its shape resembles that of a sickle, most likely used to hold perfumed oils or precious objects. Perforations just before the protomes of the lid and container were used to fasten the piece together in order to safeguard the contents and allow the pyxis to be suspended via the protruding central element with its double perforations. A wonderful example with a surface that presents lustrous, almost reflective areas as well as beautiful verdigris patina. Size: 4.5" H (11.4 cm); 5.125" H (13 cm) on included custom stand.
Such pyxides have been found in necropoleis. Based upon the positioning of these pieces in the grave, experts believe that these pieces were suspended from the belts of the deceased. While two pyxides of a similar form were found at Samos, the type is believed to have originated in Madedonia.
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Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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