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Praenestine cistae
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[German version]

Vessels for toiletries, mainly produced in Praeneste (Palestrina), in the form of a cista . The usually cylindrical body of the vessel was either made completely of bronze or consisted of a wooden or leather core with bronze ornamentation. The figured lid-handles, the feet and the holders for small chains on the walls of the vessels were fitted by various craftsmen at different stages of manufacture. Production of PC had already begun by the middle of the 5th cent. and reached its peak in the 4th and 3rd cents. BC. Only a few cistae have been found outside Palestrina - i…

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Lesky, Michael (Tübingen), “Praenestine cistae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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