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  • Description

    Box, pyxis; ivory; formerly with a locked cover, now missing; on one side Daniel stands with hands raised in the attitude of an orans beneath a canopy supported by four square columns; to the right stands a guard with staff; from the left a flying angel leads a figure (Habbakuk) by the hair, who holds a bowl of bread and pottage for the prophet; on the ground below is a basket; on the other side, an angel walking to right points to a ram which stands by a palm tree; behind the angel a female figure moves to left; before her, in a rectangular space left by the lock, is a cross between two swans.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC-6thC (5th or early 6thC)
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 76 millimetres
    • Width: 105 millimetres
    • Length: 97 millimetres
    • Weight: 186.4 grains
  • Curator's comments

    Ein Gott 2015, no. 14, p. 26.

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 13 bibliographic details
    • Volbach 1976 167 bibliographic details
    • Marzinzik 2013 26 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 298 bibliographic details
    • Weitzmann 1979 436 (listed as 1877,0706.1) bibliographic details
    • Fluck et al. 2015 p.24 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc13

  • Exhibition history

    2015, Oct 29 – 2016, Feb 7. British Museum, Room 35. Egypt: Faith after the Pharoahs
    2015 1 April - 15 Sept. Berlin, Bode Museum, 'EIN GOTT - Abrahams Erben am Nil'
    2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World’s Cultures
    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 14 Sep-2 Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 1 Apr-30 Oct, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, 'Between Myth and Reality'

  • Condition

    The pyxis has been broken in two pieces and roughly nailed to a wooden cylinder.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Franks at the sale of Hugo Garthe.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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