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Cameo with Aphrodite and Eros

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Sardonyx, white on brown, mounted in Turkish gold ring. Aphrodite and Eros. Inscribed in Greek: PROTARXOS EPOIEI, "Protarchos made it."


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, Lewes House Gems, no. 128: Warren bought the ring in 1899 from Dr. W. Hayes Ward of New York who had acquired it in or near Bagdad while a missionary); April 5, 1926: loaned by Edward Perry Warren to MFA (as 108.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 128 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Overall: 2.1 x 2 x 2.2 cm (13/16 x 13/16 x 7/8 in.) Width of Band: .25"

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos