- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Work Type
- 1st-2nd century CE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
- Roman Imperial period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- 8.1 x 3.7 cm (3 3/16 x 1 7/16 in.)
- [C. Dikran Kelekian Antiquities, New York] 1979, sold; to The Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University (1979-2012), transfer; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2012.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Cylindrical bone pyxis with a lid attached by a bronze hinge and latch. Holes for a second, now lost, attachment are present on the opposite side. The exterior of the cylinder and lid is decorated with carved lines and raised bands. The top of the lid bears incised concentric circles and a carved spherical knob-handle.
Some chipping. The green discoloration is caused by the bronze hinge.
- A pyxis is a box used for storing toilet items including cosmetics. Typically cylindrical in shape, pyxides have a separate lid, often with a knob on the top.
These lidded cosmetic containers were made in a variety of materials including metals, glass, ivory, and wood. Bone, used for this pyxis, was considered a somewhat more modest material although the careful craftsmanship is evident in the well-formed knob and elaborate handle.
- Publication History
Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), no. 154, p. 261-62 [Jennifer Ledig Heuser].
- Exhibition History
Roman Gallery Installation (long-term), Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/16/1999 - 01/20/2008
Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003
- Subjects and Contexts
Roman Domestic Art
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