Gold ‘pyxis’ trinket box emerges at London auction

A gold 'pyxis' trinket box estimated at £5000-7000 at Pax Romana Auctions in Bloomsbury, London.

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.