Oval gem with two Erotes embracing

Roman
Imperial Period
3rd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

99.365

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex front, flat back. Set in modern gold ring. On the left, one chubby Eros stands three-quarters frontal, and steps to the left with his right leg. He holds a bow in his right hand and one small wing is visible over his right shoulder. At the right, another chubby Eros has his right arm around his companion, with his left hand up in the air above his own head, holding an object now lost due to a chip in the stone. He stands with his legs apart. A piece of drapery flutters between the legs of Eros on the right, but it is unclear who is wearing it. Both Erotes have high foreheads and hair indicated by two rows of scalloped bumps.

Provenance

By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought 1899 in Paris.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund