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Ring with Aphrodite weighing two Erotes (Erotostasia)

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Ring with engraved bezel. Aphrodite, standing to the left, holds a scale in her hands, and weighs two Erotes in a rare scene known as erostasia. A third Eros crouches at her feet and appears to be hugging her right leg. She wears an Ionic chiton, with a low neck, and a dotted himation, which...

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Provenance

By 1902: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 53, the ring was bought by Warren from Lambros in 1902); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, late 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 053 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length of bezel: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.594

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings