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Cameo with Aurora driving a chariot

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White on brown layered onyx. Cameo, mounted in modern gold setting as a pendant. Aurora (Dawn) drives a biga (two-horse chariot) to the left. Her drapery flutters behind her in a semicircle around her head. Part of the head, left foreleg, and left back leg of the outer horse are missing. A...

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By date unknown: from the collection of the Earl of Arundel (formed in the 17th century) and later the collection of George 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 271, citing Cat. Thec. B, no. 41 for the Arundel collection and "Marlborough Gems," vol. 2, 1791, no. 39);1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Republican or Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Overall: 4.4 x 3.5 x 0.8 cm (1 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 5/16 in.) Overall (gem): 3.9 x 2.8 cm (1 9/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos