Cameo with Aurora driving a chariot

Roman
Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Overall: 4.4 x 3.5 x 0.8 cm (1 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 5/16 in.) Overall (gem): 3.9 x 2.8 cm (1 9/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

99.107

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

White on brown layered onyx. Cameo, mounted in modern gold setting as a pendant. Aurora (Dawn) drives a biga (two-horse chariot) to the left. Her drapery flutters behind her in a semicircle around her head. Part of the head, left foreleg, and left back leg of the outer horse are missing. A pin has been inserted into the gem to serve as the chariot’s axle.

Provenance

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; 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 271, citing Cat. Thec. B, no. 41 for the Arundel collection and "Marlborough Gems," vol. 2, 1791, no. 39);1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund