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Scaraboid gem with Eros

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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Greek, Late Archaic or Early Classical Period, Early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 033 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number

27.767

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids