In the Classical world, the so-called pyxis – a small round box used for storing trinkets, ointments or cosmetics – was often made from wood and other materials, but rarely in gold.
Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Gabriel Berner
Gallery and auction house Pax Romana Auctions in Bloomsbury, London, is selling this Roman gold example from c.100AD. It features a carved bone edge to the lip, geometric motifs and is attached to the filigree patterned lid with a chain.
Formerly from a London collection amassed between 1960-2000, the vessel is estimated at £5000-7000 in a sale of ancient art, coins and antiquities ending on May 17.