Ring with round gem with Eros
Greek or Roman
Hellenistic or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Length x width: 2 x 6 mm (1/16 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Set in ancient gold ring, with elliptical hoop with thickening shoulders. Motif carved on convex side. Very sketchily rendered. A chubby Eros, with short, stubby wings at his shoulder blades, bends forward while holding a stick in one hand and an insect, possibly a grasshopper upside down, in the other. He appears to be wearing a hat that covers much of his face, except for a large nose and mouth.
By date unknown: Henry P. Kidder Collection; gift of Henry P. Kidder to MFA, September 27, 1881
Gift of Henry P. Kidder