Carved round box (pyxis) with Cupid holding basket and Cupid fishing

Roman
Imperial Period
probably 1st century A.D.


Place of Manufacture: possibly Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.) Other (of lid): 3.8 x 12.7 cm (1 1/2 x 5 in.) Other (max.): 3.8cm (1 1/2in.)

Accession Number

1981.86a-b

Medium or Technique

Domestic cow bone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Cylinder shaped pyxis or small container, probably used for women’s cosmetics.

On the lid, bust of a female like the Graeco-Egyptian goddess Isis; lid is in the form of a medallion inserted into a ring. On the body, two Erotes: Eros on the left holds out a wicker basket; Eros on the right is fishing and pulls a fish out of water with pole and line; between the two Erotes, a vertical thyrsos.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Phoenix Gallery of Ancient Art, Box 1522, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978; purchased by MFA from Phoenix Gallery of Ancient Art, April 15, 1981

Credit Line

Bequest of Dora Pintner and Gift of Visitors to the Department of Classical Art