Intaglio with child Eros playing with a goose and knucklebones

Greek
Classical Period
late 5th–early 4th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 056 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.700

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Pierced (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Eros seated on ground, with left leg curled under him and right leg extended out to the left; leaning on left hand, reaches towards a goose in front of him, at right. Eros has short hair, and a string slung around his body, over his left shoulder, possibly to hold a pendant amulet. Goose is facing right and flapping its wings. Two knuckle bones in the field below the pair.

Provenance

By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, Lewes House Gems, no. 56: Said to be from Asia Minor. Bought in London, 1898.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 63.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912