Hexagonal pyxis constructed of bronze panels decorated with millefiori enamel. It would originally have had a small round lid, and chains attached to the loops on the top plate for hanging.
- Found/Acquired: Elsenham
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Essex,Elsenham)
- Height: 64 millimetres
We cannot be certain of the precise function of this pyxis, but it is most likely to have been an ink-pot. It belongs to a rare type made in the Rhineland or the Low Countries. Examples have been found as far afield as Greece and Syria, but this is the only one which may be dated from the context in which it was found: a grave containing pottery, glass, a set of gaming pieces and other items, including coins which indicate that the burial took place around the middle of the second century AD. Its manufacture required the specialist skills of the bronzesmith, the glassworker and the gem-cutter.
It would originally have had a small round lid and chains attached to the loops on the top plate for hanging. It is constructed of bronze panels decorated with millefiori enamel. Its manufacture required the specialist skills of the bronzesmith, the glassworker and the gem-cutter.
Given to mark Sir David Wilson's directorship 1977-1992
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: BCB12703
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