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Cameo with the wedding of Cupid and Psyche, or an initiation rite

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Layered onyx. Cameo. The wedding of Cupid and Psyche. Incised Greek inscription: "Tryphon made it."


Known since the early 16th century when the cameo was drawn by Pirro Ligorio; by 1628 in the collection of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens; by 1727 inventoried in the collection of the Duke of Arundel; in the 18th century: Duke of Marlborough Collection; in 1875 sold to D. Bromilow; by 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26, 1899, lot 160); 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, Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, mid 1st–late 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 091.


Overall: 3.7 x 4.5 x 0.6 cm (1 7/16 x 1 3/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos