Pyxis with Lid

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Object Name: 
Pyxis with Lid
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 5.9 cm, Diam (max): 5.4 cm
Not on Display
Primary Description: 
Deep yellowish brown, transparent; mold-blown: (a) blown in mold with three vertical sections and disk-shaped base section; (b) blown conical mold. Box with lid. (a) Box: cylindrical. Rim vertical, with cracked-off lip; wall vertical, with hollow cordons at junctions with rim and base; base plain, slightly (unintentionally) pushed in near center; no pontil mark. Mold-blown decoration in relief on wall and base. On wall, between cordons, continuous band of ornament divided into three equal parts by vertical bars, two of which are knobbed at top and bottom; each part contains garland attached to bars with ribbons (clockwise): (1) on right, spray with trefoil (ivy) leaves and on left spray with multi-foil (grape), (2) on right and left, sprays of grape leaves, and (3) also on right and left, sprays of grape leaves. Vertical mold seams, partly concealed by bars, = run from rim to bottom of wall, but not over lower cordon. On base, countersunk boss at center, surrounded by four concentric raised circles, with two additional concentric raised circles near edge. (b) Lid: conical. At center, slight bulbous protrusion; side shallow, sloping, with hollow cordon at edge; rim vertical, with cracked-off lip. Continuous band of decoration on sloping side: downturned tongues with raised outlines, which are prominent at edge but faint at center.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2014-12-09 through 2015-04-13
Corning Museum of Glass 2015-05-16 through 2016-01-04
At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass was made. They discovered that glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production of glass vessels much quicker and easier, and allowed glassmakers to develop new shapes and decorative techniques. One technique, inflating glass in molds carved with decorative and figural designs, was used to create multiple examples of a variety of vessel shapes with high-relief patterns. The molds used to shape this ancient glass were complex in their design, and the mold-blown glass vessels of ancient Rome tell a wealth of stories about the ancient world, from gladiators to perfume vessels, from portraits of a Roman empress to oil containers marked with the image of Mercury, Roman god of trade. Among the earliest workshops to design and create mold-blown glass was one in which a man named Ennion worked. Ennion was the first glassmaker to sign his glass objects by incorporating his name into the inscriptions that formed part of the mold’s design, and thus he stands among a small group of glass workers whose names have come down to us from antiquity. On view through January, 4, 2016, Ennion and His Legacy, is composed of mold-blown master works by Ennion and other Roman glassmakers. The works are drawn from the Corning Museum’s collection of Roman glass, one of the finest in the world. Within the larger exhibit is a smaller exhibit organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ennion: Master of Roman Glass, which focuses specifically on works made by Ennion. Composed of loans from a number of international institutions and private collections this exhibit within an exhibit brings together many of the known examples of Ennion’s wares and will be on view through October 19, 2015.
A Touch of Glass
Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society 1995-02-15 through 1995-09-15
Glass of the Caesars
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
The Book and the Spade
University of Wisconsin-Madison 1975 through 1975
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) illustrated, pp. 33-34, pl. 502; BIB# 58895
Glas der Caesaren (1988) p. 159, #81; BIB# 32452
Vetri dei Cesari (1988) illustrated, p. 159, #81; BIB# 33467
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (postcards) (1987) illustrated, #13; BIB# 34348
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 159, #81; BIB# 31831
The Book and the Spade : v. 3: Final Report (1975) illustrated, p. 26; BIB# 19420
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 66-67, #92; BIB# 27315