BLW Openwork Container (Pyxis)



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Britain Loves Wikipedia at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Openwork Container (Pyxis)
English: Openwork Container (Pyxis), about 964.

Spain, probably Cordoba.
Carved ivory with silver and niello mounts.

The inscription around the lid begins with a prayer for Abd al-Rahman III's successor, the caliph al-Hakam II. A similar prayer appears on a casket made for al-Hakam's wife in 964. This container probably held a scented substance. The pierced lid and sides allowed the perfume to circulate.

Collection ID: 217-1865

This photo was taken as part of Britain Loves Wikipedia in February 2010 by Adam Morgan.

Date Photographed in February 2010(2010-02)
Source Originally uploaded at http://www.britainloveswikipedia.org/
Author Adam Morgan


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