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Cameo with centaur grasping a goat on his shoulder

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White on dark-brown layered onyx. Cameo; pierced horizontally. A centaur walking to the left looks backwards and grasps the foreleg of a goat in his left hand. The goat appears to be slung over the centaur’s shoulder. A lion-skin cloak flutters behind the centaur, and his right hand holds...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 278; 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, late 1st century B.C.–mid 1st century A.D.

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.759

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos