Lidded Vessel

  • Eastern Mediterranean or Italy
  • 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
Catalogue Entry

Vessel with lid cast from a turquoise semi-translucent glass. The torso is cylindrical with a flat base, while the top of the lid is flat and has short vertical walls which coincide with those of the body to form a unified cylindrical shape. The top edges of the body of the vessel have been shaved into an angled shape to receive the lid. The center of the outside of the lid has two thin concentric grooves carved into it, while the edge has one thin groove. The outside is polished to a completely smooth finish. This vessel copies the shape of a lidded Greek cosmetic box known as a pyxis.