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Pyxis with Erotes in Relief
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Pyxis with Erotes in Relief

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Description This cylindrical container, missing its cover, is decorated with four Erotes. One, seated on a cushioned ledge, holds a ribboned staff. A second approaches from the right with a basket of fruit; a third comes from the left with a wreath. A fourth Eros carries two vases. The modeling is summary. The eyes of three of the Erotes are rendered by cutting out the socket leaving a large round iris. The eye of the Eros with the wreath is narrow, with no iris indicated. The head, wings, and drapery of this Eros are carved from another piece of bone, probably at a later time, neatly fitted in to fill a missing section fo the original. Another patch is between the legs of this Eros.
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
Provenance Michel Boy, Versailles; Michel Boy Sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 15 1905, no. 580. Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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1st century
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 2 1/2 x W: 1 15/16 in. (6.4 x 4.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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