GREEK GEOMETRIC PYXIS PENDANT WITH OPEN WORK ORNAMENT, 8TH CENTURY B.C.

$3,000.00

Culture: Greek
Date: 8h Century B.C.
Medium: Bronze
Condition: Intact, with green patina and sections of encrustations.
Provenance: Ex- European art market; New York private collection.
Dimensions: H. 5 in. (12.7 cm.) with the cover in place
Ref No.  GR1411
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Description

Greek Geometric pyxis pendant with openwork ornament at the bottom. The slightly flattened, globular body of the pyxis has bird protomes at the rim and an open ornament at the bottom. The original cover, which also shows the characteristic bird protomes at the edges is preserved, together with the single vertical post that must have served as a type of handle. Diagonal incised lines decorate the body of the pyxis. It is believed that these containers were filled with perfume and were worn in the manner of pendants.

This pyxis is also referred to as the “sickle” type, so named because it resembles the shape of a sickle. Pyxis of the type is generally found in necropoleis. The type most likely originated in Macedonia, though similar pieces were found at Samos.

Cf: Bouzek Pyxis Pendant Group B2. Bouzek, fig. 7.5, pp. 30-31; Kilian-Dirlmeier, cat. no. 1540, p. 239, taf. 89.