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Lot 35A: Caananite Alabaster Lidded Pyxis
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Ancient Near East, Canaan, the Levant, ca. 1st millennium BCE. A deep, carved stone vessel with a rounded base, a circular rim, and a fitted lid with a lug-notched handle atop it. The alabaster is a creamy grey-brown with a series of narrow incised bands on its sloping shoulder and around its body. The pyxis is form is found throughout the ancient Near East and the Classical world, a rounded vessel with small fitted lid, and was probably imported to the ancient Levant from Mycenaean Greece. These have been found in burial chambers found beneath Tels, the settlement mounds common to this region, often alongside many other vessels - bowls, oil lamps, juglets, and flasks - some made nearby, others imported from Greece and the Greek South Italic colonies. These items remind us of the interconnected trade world of the ancient Mediterranean, and the rich cultural milieu of the past. Size: 3" W x 2.15" H (7.6 cm x 5.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex-NYC collection,
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Condition Report: Minor loss to the rim as shown, with slight surface abrasion/age wear on body.