Sicilian ivory pyxis, 13th century


A larger image of this Sicilian ivory pyxis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.




A larger image of this Sicilian ivory pyxis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Pyxis with hunters.
Box with Equestrian Falconers
Date: 13th century
Geography: Made in Sicily, Italy
Culture: Italian
Medium: Ivory with copper alloy mounts, polychromy
Dimensions: Overall (with mounts): 5 5/16 x 4 5/8 x 5 1/16 in. (13.5 x 11.7 x 12.9 cm)
Classification: Ivories
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1955
Accession Number: 55.29.2
Hunting scenes decorate a number of surviving cylindrical boxes made in Sicily. This box, depicting a falcon hunt, shows richly attired men on horseback. The sport was favored by Holy Roman emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen (r. 1215–50), who wrote a definitive guide on the care and use of falcons in the hunt.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Other Illustrations from Sicily or Southern Italy:
Hunter on an 11th century ivory drinking horn, Victoria and Albert Museum
Carved ivory horn or 'oliphant' from Sicily, Musée Crozatier, Le Puy, France
Frieze over the door of the Church of San Bernadetto, Brindisi, late 11th Century
Ivory casket, Fatimid Sicily or Southern Italy, 11th-12th Centuries, Pergamon Museum
Morgan Casket, Southern Italy, 11th-12th century
Islamic Sicilian Ivory Casket with Horsemen, 12th century, Bargello
Sicilian ivory pyxis, 12th century, Louvre
12th century Arabic & Frankish costume in the Painted Wooden Ceiling of the Palatine Chapel
Sicilians & Germans in the Liber ad honorem Augusti by Pietro da Eboli, c.1197
Sicilian Ivory Casket with Hunters, Cappella Palatina, Palermo, 12th or 13th Century
Islamic Sicilian Ivory Casket with Horsemen, Veroli, Italy, c.1200-1225

Other Italian Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers