Pyxis with Cover

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Object Name: 
Pyxis with Cover
Accession Number: 
59.1.68
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 6.1 cm; Cover Diam (max): 11 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
399-25 BC
Primary Description: 
(a) Translucent colorless glass with greenish and streaks of amethyst, somewhat bubbly with "soapy" feeling, limey incrustation on lid and interior of body, some copper carbonate stains on interior, possibly two small coins; cast, lathe-cut and polished. Thick short cylindrical wall with lathe-cut groove below rounded rim, wall bends in slightly before spreading out into flanged base with flat bottom; two wheel-cut grooves elaborate the upper surface of the base; both interior and exterior surfaces lathe-polished as light concentric scratches are evident all over the vessel. (b) Lid of same material; probably cast as above. Ground horizontal rim bends up into irregular domical cover, center of underside retains a slight circular lathe-cut depression, underside of rim possibly rotary ground.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
1959-07-27
Glass from the Ancient World
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Antike Glastopferei (1999) illustrated, p. 37, no. 73; BIB# 63570
La Fenice di Sabbia: Storia e Tecnologia del vetro Antico (1995) illustrated, p. 24, fig. 32; p. 38, pl. 32; BIB# 39935
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 133-134, #276, pl. 37 (a, b); BIB# 29547
Glass Manufacture in Ancient Crete: a Preliminary Study (1959) illustrated, p. 14, fig. 8, #8;
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 100-101, #172; BIB# 27315