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Pyx: M.40 & A-1929

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Cylindrical boiled leather pyx with domed lid; decorated with stamped, engraved and painted panels and borders

Boiled, stamped, engraved and painted leather (cuir bouilli) covering carved wood, lined with parchment. Cylindrical with straight sides, everted at the base and rim. The domed pull-off lid has a wrythen knop. Each side has two suspension loops, through which a cord would have been threaded. Decorated with panels of scrolling foliage on a matted ground within reeded borders. The pyx would once have painted all over, but only small areas of red and gold remain. The cream parchment lining covers red paint, and is a later addition.

Legal notes

Given by W.E Miller

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 6.2 cm
Height: 10.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1929-10-31) by Miller, W. E.


15th century
1400 - 1500

School or Style


Components of the work

Box composed of wood Lining composed of parchment Surface composed of leather

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 9667 / 5950 / 709
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Oval with scalloped border, written in black ink and glued
  • Type: Paper label
  • Text: Case for holding a pyx
  • Location: Loose in the base
  • Method of creation: Rectangular card, written in black ink
  • Type: Paper label
  • Text: 40/29 / 8
  • Location: Tied to the suspension loop on the lid
  • Method of creation: Rectangular green tag, written in black ink
  • Type: Paper tie on label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.40 & A-1929
Primary reference Number: 150671
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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