Bone pyxis (box with lid)
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
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)
Gift of Carlos A. Picón, in memory of Lydia Mannara, 2004
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.
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