Cameo with a satyr and a boy

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 130 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall (bezel only): 0.6 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm (1/4 x 15/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.1220

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

White on pale brown layered onyx. Cameo, in a modern gold swivel setting. A young satyr seated on a rock, in profile to the right, grasps the thigh and shoulder of a nude boy. The boy pushes against the elbow of the satyr in his right hand and tries to draw away. The rock on which the satyr is seated is covered with a lion skin; one leg of this skin also covers the satyr’s genitals. The top of the cameo is fragmentary; the boy’s head is missing.

Provenance

By date unknown: Louis Saulini Collection (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 130: Catalogue des objets antiques recueillis par M. le Chev. Louis Saulini, Rome 24-26 avril 1899, no. 97); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912