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Seller: beatoguido0 (40) 0%, Location: Mandria, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 222310988236 Normal 0 14 false false false IT X-NONE X-NONE ANTIQUE MEMORIAL PYX or CIST, PURE GOLD 23K, ORIENTALIZING STYLE Memorial pyx with lid, which has two figurines in full relief above it: it has wide embossed decoration on all surfaces, enriched by eight scarabs, applied with bezel, and by six chains which are attached to six lions heads, and four apotropaic gorgons which are placed above four feet of lion’s legs. The pyx is decorated with stylized flowers and punched rims between the pictures. TOTAL HEIGHT 7.17 inch DIAMETER 3.15 inch WEIGHT 5.09 ounces CONSTRUCTION: The cylinder is boxed with a fold along the vertical axis of the foil and sealed with a scarab’s bezel. The fund is also boxed, the other six scarabs and other decorative elements are welded to the surfaces. Even the lid is pure gold foil, embossed and punched, and it has the two figurines and the two scarabs welded. DECORATIONS: the female figurine on the left wears a v-neck clothes , and she holds the drape at the waist with her left hand; the male figurine on the right, bearded, has the arms on his sides. Their hips are both tight by bands. The lid has depicted three symbolic animals representing the social status of the deceased, lionesse, antelope and peacock, while the two scarabs, along with six other of the cylindrical container, are the auspicious symbol of eternity. The pyx is cantilevered decorated on two horizontal registers, with subjects in orientalizing style. In the upper register is probably represented the livings' world and the struggle between the forces of good and evil. The evil seems to be identified in the warrior armed with sword and shield and behind him there is a winged chimera, feathered body and lion's head. The good is represented by the second warrior, armed with shield and spear (the best weapon in the hand to hand combat) , and behind him there's an antelope rampant, with long arched horns. Follows a separation band with six scarabs, interspersed with the six chains attached to the mouths of lion's masks. The lower band may represent the world of the dead. On the left side a wild rampant beast (wolf?) overlooks / protects the funerary urn: then there is a priest /dervish turned on the right side, with wide flowing robe, which seems to support with the right hand a shoot (tree of life?). He links it to two other similar characters which have the same gesture so the shoot runs at the top of the band. Follows the image of a bird, a swan, and then a second priest turned right too, two antelopes, one of them in the act of peaceful submission to the second. Finally there is a third priest, looking left. The scene is completed by the peacock, the same as the one shown on the cover. The metalwork is quite rough (in the irregularity of the decorative motifs along the edge of the lid, in the carving, bending and in variegated ...), while subjects in orientalizing style are embossed with an extraordinary finesse and show great skill in the game of lights and shadows. Provenance: from two generationsit is in the availability of maternal branch of my family. They told me that is a gift from the family of Colonna, Princess Isabelle Helene Sursock, wife of Marcantonio Colonna. Annex ALC –Free Sale Certificate of Italian Ministry of National Heritage and Culture Payment & Shipping We accept payment only by Paypal. We ship item the next working day after cleared funds are received. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible anyhow for customs delays/duties received. We ship via Federal Express Insured International delivery. Once FedEx has picked up your purchase, we will contact you via email and give you their tracking number so you can track the shipment on their site. The shipping and insurance costs are at our expense. The item is 100% Insured and full safe. Please send complete address with pin code and phone numbers. Material: Gold, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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