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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Dates/Places: Possibly made in Syria, said to have been found in Rome
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Pyxis with the Triumph of Dionysos in India
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 533
Creation End Date: 566
Creation Date: mid 500s
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ivory
Dimensions: 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (8.3 x 10.8 cm)
Description: Ivory pyxides--cylindrical boxes, carved from cross sections of an elephant's tusk--were used in Antiquity to hold valuables, and later used by Christians to hold the consecrated host. This pyxis shows scenes from classical mythology. Dioinysos, a son of Zeus, rides in his chariot overseeing his conquest of India . The pyxis recalls the epic stories of Dionysos penned by a fifth-century poet of Egypt, Nonnos of Panopolis; both attest to the persistent popularity of Dionysiac themes well into the Christian era.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.190.56
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.56
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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