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Cameo with a satyr and a boy

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White on pale brown layered onyx. Cameo, in a modern gold swivel setting. A young satyr seated on a rock, in profile to the right, grasps the thigh and shoulder of a nude boy. The boy pushes against the elbow of the satyr in his right hand and tries to draw away. The rock on which the satyr...

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By date unknown: Louis Saulini Collection (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 130: Catalogue des objets antiques recueillis par M. le Chev. Louis Saulini, Rome 24-26 avril 1899, no. 97); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 130 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Overall (bezel only): 0.6 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm (1/4 x 15/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos