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Oval gem with centaur and Eros

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Intaglio. Double convex; set in modern ring. A centaur walks to the left, with an Eros kneeling on the centaur's back. The centaur turns his head back to look at Eros, who appears to have bound the centaur's arms behind its back. 2 armlets around centaur's upper left arm. Eros is choppy with...

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From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

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


Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems