Ring with oval gem with armed Aphrodite

Hellenistic Period
First half of 3rd century B.C.
Signed by Gelon

Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 102 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length x width: 2.9 x 2.4 cm (1 1/8 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold; garnet

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. The thick hoop of the gold ring swells without demarcation into a high bezel, inset with a convex, broad, oval garnet. Aphrodite is shown in three-quarter back view, her mantle falling about her thighs as she bends forward to arm herself with the heavy shield and the spear of her lover Ares. Behind the figure, Greek inscription: “Gelon made it.” Inside the ring, a faintly and irregularly scratched Greek inscription: “farewell.”

Objects in the MFA from the Tomb of the Erotes include 97.290-97.345, 98.790-98.794, 98.798, 98.893, 99.438, and 21.1213.


By 1898: Anastasios Rhousopoulos Collection (according to Ephemeris Archaiologike [1899], p. 228, note 1, where it is said to have come from a chamber tomb containing terracotta figurines of Erotes, a large terracotta figure, terracotta shields, and gold jewelry at Eretria); by 1900-1904: Arthur J. Evans Collection (according to Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Ancient Greek Art [1904], p. 174); by 1914: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Erotes tomb; loaned to MFA, 1914, as 472.14); 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