Scaraboid gem with Eros
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
Early 5th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 033 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Burnt chalcedony. Intaglio. Set in a modern gold ring. Eros flying to the left, holding a lyre in his left hand and a wreath in right hand. He has wings at shoulders and ankles, and both sets curve up at the tips. Hatched border.
1907: bought by Edward Perry Warren from a Carian who said it came from Caria (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 33); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 121.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA
Gift of Edward Perry Warren