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Cameo with Aphrodite and Eros

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Aphrodite reclining on left elbow; an Eros crowning her with a wreath; in field, left, two doves. Right foot of Aphrodite missing. In bezel of a modern ring. Scholars have noted that the style is neoclassical and that the gesture of the cupid and the flying doves make them question its antiquity.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens from Rhousopoulos.) According to Warren's records the previous history of this cameo as compiled by Rhousopoulos was: "Found at Tripoliza in Arcadia. Once the property of the famous Bouboulina. It was sold by auction at Nauplia and bought by Mavrokephalos the notary- who has the documents of the sale. He sold it to the goldsmith Mastrogiorgiou," from whom Rhousopoulos got it. Warren's record continues with the comment that "Bouboulina secured much loot at the sack of Tripoliza (and the night before the sack) and this may well be part of it. In any case, the history goes no further than 1821 and throws no light on the question of genuineness*; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman or 19th century, Roman or 19th century,

Dimensions

Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

01.7536

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos