Oval gem with Eros with spear and shield

Greek
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
350–300 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 29 mm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.761

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Slightly convex; flat back. Motif carved on the convex side. Eros, leaning forward, steps to the left, while holding a spear in the crook of his left arm and supporting a grounded shield with his left hand. His weight is on his front (left) leg, as he pushes himself off of his back (right) foot, which is viewed frontally, with the toes out splayed. His head and left leg are rendered in profile, while his torso and right leg are in three-quarter view. He has a long, pointed nose, and a long chin; his hair is gathered at the back of his head. His body is modeled softly, more fleshy than muscled. His genitals are clearly visible. His wings come out of his shoulder blades. The shield Eros supports is decorated with a griffin head. In the field at right, Greek inscription in two lines: “KALLIPOS MADE (ME).”

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (loaned to MFA, June 22, 1927 as 275.27); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927, for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912