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

Imperial Period
probably 1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: possibly Egypt


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


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, 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.


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