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Container (pyxis) with lid

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Colors in undulating streaks of green, gold, blue, purple and white. Broken and repaired; small pieces missing from bottom and rim of vessel as well as from rim of lid. Italy or Eastern Mediterranean.


By 1897: H. Hoffmann Collection; 1899: at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, auction of the H. Hoffmann Collection, May 13-14, lot 439 (said to have been found in Magna Graecia); 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Late Republican or Imperial Period, Late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 17.


6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, cast (gold-band)


The Ancient World