Pyxis Rehousing

By
Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres is the Collections Technician of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Her primary duties include the rehousing and photography of the museum’s collection. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies in 2013. In 2015, she received her M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in Collections Management from the George Washington University.

This tiny box with a lid, likely Roman and made of bone or ivory, is called a pyxis, and was probably used as a woman’s cosmetic or trinket set. By rehousing the lid separately from the box, not only is the object now safe from further abrasion caused by the two pieces rubbing against each other, its simple charm can be admired even more.