Cameo with Victory driving a chariot
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
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.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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.
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)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund