Ivory Pyx (Box)

Ivory Pyx (Box)

500s

Ivory

Diameter: 12.7 cm (5 in.); Overall: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.114

Description

Elaborately carved from a section of an elephant’s tusk, this ivory pyx (Greek for "box") depicts a number of New Testament scenes, namely the Annunciation, Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, Christ raising Lazarus, and Christ healing the blind man. It also depicts a Christian altar with chalices, possibly indicating the box’s use in a liturgical context.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Ivory
Medium: 
Ivory

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