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Glass-paste intaglio with cupids making perfume (unguentarii)

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Explicit details of perfume manufacturing are represented in three registers on this glass intaglio. Six winged erotes (cupids or amorini) are shown in the production of perfume, an industry that is well known in Campania (especially Capua). In the top register, two erotes raise their mallets...

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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 80; 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, 1st century A.D.


Overall: 3.3 x 3.7 x 0.4 cm (1 5/16 x 1 7/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems