Possibly an attachment for holding one end of a shaft in place. Open-ended box, a pin attached perpendicular to the back. Decorated with three silver appliqués of Eros.
By date unknown: Spanish private collection; 1938: acquired by the Benzaquen family, Gibraltar, thence by descent to I. S. Benzaquen, P.O. Box 428, 295 Main Street, Gibraltar; 1988: sold by I. S. Benzaquen to a German private collection; 2002: acquired from a German private collection by Torkom Demirjian, Ariadne Galleries, Inc., 970 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10021, January 25, 2002; 2005-2008: lent by Torkom Demirjian to MFA (as L-G 91.7.2005); 2008: gift of Torkom Demirjian to MFA, September 17, 2008
Gift of Torkom Demirjian in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1976–2004