Carved round box (pyxis) with Cupid releasing butterfly toward a second Cupid

Imperial Period
probably 1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: possibly Egypt


Height: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.) diameter (lid): 3.7 cm max. diameter: 3.4 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Domestic cow bone

Not On View


The Ancient World



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

On the lid, head of a tragic female from the Roman theate. On the body, two Erotes: Eros on left releases a butterfly toward Eros on right, who falls back on a box-like pedestal or rock.


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