Lot 729

A Roman gold-pyxis of Paulina, 1st - 3rd century

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Hammer price € 34,000

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Description

Fascinating round gold box with lid. The exterior decorated with four winged erotes in half relief, two of which are depicted frontally, two in motion to the right. The attributes - flute, Thyrsos staffs, drinking bowls, a wine basket - suggest a bacchanalian-pastoral background. The decoration of the lid with a garland matches this. A stylised pine cone serves as a knob. There is an additional bottom inside. Punched on the bottom the Roman woman's name PAVLINA. She must have been a lady at least from the provincial or even from the imperial ruling class. A connection to Caecilia Paulina, the wife of Emperor Maximinus Thrax (emperor between 235 - 238), remains unproven. Weight 99.7 g.

Provenance: South German private collection.

Condition: II Questions about the lot?

General Information

The auction starts on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 1 - 879. The pre-sale view will take place from 15 - 20 Nov. 2021 in our auction rooms at Bretonischer Ring 3 in 85630 Grasbrunn / Munich from 11 am to 5 pm (CET).