Caliphal / Pyxis / 10th century (950?975)Caliphal
10th century (950?975)

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Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish; Andalusian
Creator Dates/Places: Spanish; Made in Andalusia
Creator Active Place: Made in Andalusia
Creator Name-CRT: Caliphal
Title: Pyxis
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 900
Creation End Date: 999
Creation Date: 10th century (950?975)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ivory
Dimensions: H. 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm), Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.6 cm)
Description: The pyxis (round box) cut from the cross-section of an elephant's tusk, was a well-known form of ivory object in the Mediterranean area. The missing lid of this example, shaped as a low dome with a finial on top, would likely have had an inscription on it, perhaps giving a date or the name of the owner of the piece. Used principally in a secular context, in the Islamic world pyxides, call ushnan in Arabic, contained precious aromatics such as musk, camphor, and ambergris.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1970.234.5
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1970
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Caliphal
AMICA ID: MMA_.1970.234.5
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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