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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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Provenance

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

Credit Line

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

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

69.1204

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems