The pyxis (pl. pyxides) was a small trinket box associated with women, and is often represented on red-figure decoration showing scenes of a woman preparing herself for a marriage or celebration. It took the form of a cylindrical box with a knopped lid and housed jewellery, cosmetics, perfume bottles or, according to Cicero, poison (Cicero, Pro Caelio, 25–29). The Greeks referred to them as kylichnides, but the Roman name of pyxis is now the generally accepted term.
ProvenanceElisabeth Manthos, Denmark; given her as a wedding present in 1968
Private collection, UK; acquired from Charles Ede Ltd, London, 2013