Cameo with Victory driving a chariot

Roman
Imperial Period
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Overall (cameo): 5.5 x 8.4 cm (2 3/16 x 3 5/16 in.) Overall: 0.9 x 6.1 x 8.9 cm (3/8 x 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.756

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

Dark-brown on blue-white on brown layered onyx. Cameo, in modern gold setting. A winged Victory drives a two-horse chariot (biga) to the right while Cupid flies towards her holding a wreath. Victory’s right breast is exposed; she grasps the reins with both hands. At the bottom right, wavy lines indicate the ground or perhaps the sea. The cameo is broken into two pieces, which are held together by the modern setting. On the back of this setting is a graffito “1496,” which may refer to when the cameo was mounted in its current gold setting.

Provenance

By date unknown: Ludovisi Collection; by date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 275; 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund