Oval gem with centaur and Eros
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Double convex; set in modern ring. A centaur walks to the left, with an Eros kneeling on the centaur’s back. The centaur turns his head back to look at Eros, who appears to have bound the centaur’s arms behind its back. 2 armlets around centaur’s upper left arm. Eros is choppy with small, stubby wings.
From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912