Oval gem with centaur and Eros

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


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.235

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Double convex; set in modern ring. A centaur walks to the left, with an Eros kneeling on the centaur’s back. The centaur turns his head back to look at Eros, who appears to have bound the centaur’s arms behind its back. 2 armlets around centaur’s upper left arm. Eros is choppy with small, stubby wings.

Provenance

From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912