Cameo fragment with Dionysiac scene

Greco-Roman
Late Republic or Early Augustan Period


Dimensions

Length: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

99.105

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

Fragment of white over blue onyx cameo in modern gold mount. Dionysiac procession with a satyr, seen from the back, pulling on a rope, before Silenos stretching back and holding a thyrsos and a dancing maenad holding cymbals. Chipped around edges.

Provenance

-By 1817 with George Spencer, Fourth Duke of Marlborough.
-1817-1875 in the Estate of the Dukes of Marlborough [sold to David Bromilow at auction The Marlborough Gems, Christie's, London, June 26-29, 1875, lot 209]
-1875-1898 with David Bromilow
-1898-1899 with Julia Harriet Mary Jary [sold to E.P. Warren through Mr. Ready? at auction The Marlborough Gems, Christie's, London, June 26-29, 1899, lot 209]
-1899 with E.P. Warren [sold to the MFA in 1899] for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund