Ring with round gem with Eros

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


Dimensions

Length x width: 2 x 6 mm (1/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

81.135

Medium or Technique

Gold, stone(?)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

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.

Provenance

By date unknown: Henry P. Kidder Collection; gift of Henry P. Kidder to MFA, September 27, 1881

Credit Line

Gift of Henry P. Kidder