Cameo with Aurora driving a chariot
Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Overall: 4.4 x 3.5 x 0.8 cm (1 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 5/16 in.) Overall (gem): 3.9 x 2.8 cm (1 9/16 x 1 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
White on brown layered onyx. Cameo, mounted in modern gold setting as a pendant. Aurora (Dawn) drives a biga (two-horse chariot) to the left. Her drapery flutters behind her in a semicircle around her head. Part of the head, left foreleg, and left back leg of the outer horse are missing. A pin has been inserted into the gem to serve as the chariot’s axle.
By date unknown: from the collection of the Earl of Arundel (formed in the 17th century) and later the collection of George 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 271, citing Cat. Thec. B, no. 41 for the Arundel collection and "Marlborough Gems," vol. 2, 1791, no. 39);1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund