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Oval gem with Eros with spear and shield

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Intaglio. Slightly convex; flat back. Motif carved on the convex side. Eros, leaning forward, steps to the left, while holding a spear in the crook of his left arm and supporting a grounded shield with his left hand. His weight is on his front (left) leg, as he pushes himself off of his back...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (loaned to MFA, June 22, 1927 as 275.27); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927, for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, 350–300 B.C.


Length: 29 mm (1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems