Gem with Eros leaning on a pillar and holding a theater mask

European
Modern
18th century


Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

62.185

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Winged, adolescent Eros standing to right, leaning left elbow on a draped (?) column. His legs are crossed, and he holds a theater mask on his left hand. A small lyre is propped on the column’s shaft. Groundline. Reddish orange carnelian. Oval intaglio with flat front, set in a 19th-century gold ring.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. Henry Lyman Collection; gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman to MFA, February 14, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman