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Bactrian Stone Pyxis made of Serpentine / Steatite with Bird-Shaped Lid.
Bactrian, Western Asian
2nd century B.C., 3rd century B.C.
Diam : 4.7 cm
Good condition. Traces of red paint.
This small, beautiful object is composed of two elements: a parallelepiped that serves as a base for two statuettes of young bulls, whose bodies are merged together and placed head to toe.
This cross, which can still be opened and closed, is composed of two bronze boxes that were molded and held by hinges. A thick suspension ring enabled the encolpion to be worn as a pendant.
The bowl is perfectly turned. The ceramic is beige, but the surface is entirely covered with colored paint. The element that makes this piece a very special, perhaps unique object, is certainly the statuette of the quadruped.
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