Cameo with Papposilenus and a woman reclining

Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Overall: 0.2 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm (1/16 x 5/8 x 9/16 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



White on translucent grayish-white layered onyx. Cameo. Two figures recline on couches. In the foreground, a woman (perhaps a maenad) is seen from behind as she reclines on her left side and supports her upper body on the back of the couch while twisting around to look behind her. Her lower body is loosely draped, exposing her buttocks. Papposilenus, a bearded, obese, elderly satyr, reclines in an upright position and raises his right hand as he looks in the same direction as the woman. His left arm rests on the back of the couch. An awning hangs above the scene. There is a raised border carved around the edges of the cameo. The left side of the cameo is missing.


By date unknown: C. Wissmann Collection (according to TMS archival card: Buffum Collection); April 1, 1902: gift of Miss C. Wissmann to MFA

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Gift of Miss C. Wissmann