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Byzantine Ivory Pyxis


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 26 September 2016
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This pyxis once had a lockable lid and was perhaps used to hold sacramental bread. Its carvings refer to the Biblical tale of Daniel in the lions' den. Byzantine, 5th or early 6th century CE. From modern-day Egypt or Syria. (The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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