Disk earring with pendant Eros

Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Dimensions

Overall (from loop to feet): 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.) Other (figure alone): 2 cm (13/16 in.) Overall: 8.46 gm (0.02 lb.)

Accession Number

1984.36

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

A figure of Eros is suspended from a richly ornamented disk. The disk is bordered with beaded wire that encloses a two-tier rosette; wire spirals in spaces between petals. Eros is in an active pose, holding a mirror in his left hand. His right hand rests on his hip; his wings are outspread. A loop rises from the back of disk.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Selim Dere, West Side Jewelry, 7 Godwin Avenue, Ridgewood, N.J. 07450; January 18, 1984: purchased by MFA from Mr. Selim Dere

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund