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)
- Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Carlos A. Picón, in memory of Lydia Mannara, 2004
- Accession Number:
- 2004.507a, b
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.