Ring with intaglio with Aphrodite

Greek
Hellenistic
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width (including setting): 28 x 20 mm (1 1/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

81.134

Medium or Technique

Gold and glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Aphrodite standing frontally in contrapposto, leaning on a pillar with right elbow, and holding a vase or grapes with her left hand, possibly over Eros; bare torso, drapery swathed around the hips and brought over the right arm in two pleats. Reddish brown glass. Oblong intaglio with convex face loosely set in an ancient gold ring; large, sub-oval hoop with rectangular shoulder and raised setting. Mold-made. Pitted surface.

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