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

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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...

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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

Roman, 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.)

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Medium or Technique

Domestic cow bone


The Ancient World