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Oval gem with Cupid riding a bridled hippocamp

Orange carnelian. Intaglio. Slightly convex front surface and flat back surface with inward back bezel. Cupid rides on the back of a hippocamp to the left. This is a common motif in Roman gem-carving also depicted popularly in other media, such as the decoration of sarcophagi. Attention to...

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By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

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Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.


Length: 16.1 x 11.5 mm (5/8 x 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems