Cameo with a young satyr supporting a bearded Silenus
Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Lewes House Gems, no. 131 (1920; 2002).
Overall: 0.4 x 2 x 1.6 cm (1/8 x 3/4 x 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
White on brown layered onyx. Cameo, set in modern gold ring. A young satyr pushes or supports the shoulder of a bearded Silenus who wears a short garment about his loins. The Silenus seems to be pulling something or somebody – perhaps the figure holding the thyrsus (ritual staff) which passes behind the satyr and Silenus. It is likely that they are participating in a celebratory procession dedicated to the god Bacchus. The carving is worn. A large portion of the cameo is missing.
By date unknown: from the collection of the Earl of Arundel (formed in the 17th century) and later the collection of George 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow Collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; by 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 206, citing Cat. Thec. B, No. 48 for the Arundel Collection); by date unknown: said to have been in the Schröder Collection (Schröder Sale Catalogue 1910, no. 63); by 1926: with Edward Perry Warren ;April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 107.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912