Pyxis
13th c.
8.75" x 3.75" x 3.75"
Sculpture, Objects, Gilded copper and champlevé enamel
Region: Limoges
The pyxis is a particularly important object in the medieval toilet. Its origin is ancient. It is a small round vase generally with a lid, containing balms, scented oils, jewels ... In the iconography of the Middle Ages, this object is often associated with Mary Magdalene, probably because that it is the symbol of pleasures assimilated to the bath and to the toilet; also because the holy anointed the feet of Jesus Christ with a perfume of pure nard of great price.