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The article is devoted to the research of the glass painted pyxis from Olbia received by the State Hermitage Museum in 1900 from the collection of G. Kallo (inv. № E 805). For the fi rst time it was investigated by M. Rostovtzev. Later it was mentioned in works of both domestic and foreign researchers. At the moment the most reasonable date for the production of glass painted pyxides is considered to be the last quarter of the 4th – 2nd century BC. In antique glassmaking they were regarded as a link between classical and Hellenistic luxury styles. Glassmaking centers of Greece and Italy are assumed to be the most probable production sites. Olbia is the northernmost point in distribution of similar products. The arrival of articles of this circle to the Northern Black Sea region should coincide with the period of highest economic prosperity of the Olbia state at the late 4th – middle 3rd century BC. Basing on the exploration of Olbia trade relations during the Hellenistic period, it can be assumed that such vessels, like other objects of art, at the mentioned time could have come there rather from Greece than from Italy. Being one of the earliest samples of painted vessels of this type of antique products, the pyxis from the State Hermitage Museum collection opens a group of glassware from Olbia, manufactured by using casting technique.


Northern Black Sea Region, Olbia, glass vessels, pyxides.

Olga A. Puklina

National Museum of Ukrainian History, Kiev, Ukraine

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