Carved round box (pyxis) with Cupid releasing butterfly toward a second Cupid
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
Medium or Technique
Domestic cow bone
Not On View
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
Bequest of Dora Pintner and Gift of Visitors to the Department of Classical Art