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Pyxis (Toiletry Box)

9th Century BCE-8th Century BCE
2 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 1/4 in. (6 x 8.5 x 8.2 cm)

Unknown, Syrian
Syrian

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Red porphyry
Credit Line: R. T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1949.14
Location: Currently on view
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This small vessel, fashioned from a single block of stone to hold fine cosmetics or ointments, once included a lid which swiveled to one side. The carving on the pyxis shows two double-headed sphinxes, a deer gazing at a large bird, and two banqueters at a table piled high with loaves of bread.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Ernst Herzfeld (1879-1948), by 1930; sold by him to Joseph Brummer, New York (dealer), 1944; his sale, part I, Parke-Bernet, New York, April 20-23, 1949, lot 56; purchased by the Gallery at that sale

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