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Cameo with the wedding of Cupid and Psyche, or an initiation rite

Roman
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period
mid 1st–late 1st century B.C.
Signed by Tryphon


Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 091.

Dimensions

Overall: 3.7 x 4.5 x 0.6 cm (1 7/16 x 1 3/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

99.101

Medium or Technique

Onyx

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos

Layered onyx. Cameo. The wedding of Cupid and Psyche. Incised Greek inscription: “Tryphon made it.”

Provenance

Known since the early 16th century when the cameo was drawn by Pirro Ligorio; by 1628 in the collection of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens; by 1727 inventoried in the collection of the Duke of Arundel; in the 18th century: Duke of Marlborough Collection; in 1875 sold to D. Bromilow; by 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26, 1899, lot 160); 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