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Bone pyxis (box with lid)

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bone
Dimensions:
Overall (box): 15/16 x 2 1/16 in. (2.5 x 5.3 cm); diameter of lid 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Gift of Carlos A. Picón, in memory of Lydia Mannara, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.507a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Most Roman pyxides made from pieces of animal bone are, like these examples, relatively plain and display a simple charm and elegance. They probably formed part of a lady's cosmetic or trinket set. The taller pyxis (2000.5a, b) may have been found in Rome, together with the rock crystal and silver spoon (2000.1) also displayed in this case.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2005. "One Hundred Thirty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 135: p. 21.

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