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Cameo with Victory driving a chariot

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Dark-brown on blue-white on brown layered onyx. Cameo, in modern gold setting. A winged Victory drives a two-horse chariot (biga) to the right while Cupid flies towards her holding a wreath. Victory’s right breast is exposed; she grasps the reins with both hands. At the bottom right, wavy...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Ludovisi Collection; 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 275; 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.–early 1st century A.D.

Dimensions

Overall (cameo): 5.5 x 8.4 cm (2 3/16 x 3 5/16 in.) Overall: 0.9 x 6.1 x 8.9 cm (3/8 x 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.756

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos