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Ring with oval gem with armed Aphrodite

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Intaglio. The thick hoop of the gold ring swells without demarcation into a high bezel, inset with a convex, broad, oval garnet. Aphrodite is shown in three-quarter back view, her mantle falling about her thighs as she bends forward to arm herself with the heavy shield and the spear of her...

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By 1898: Anastasios Rhousopoulos Collection (according to Ephemeris Archaiologike [1899], p. 228, note 1, where it is said to have come from a chamber tomb containing terracotta figurines of Erotes, a large terracotta figure, terracotta shields, and gold jewelry at Eretria); by 1900-1904: Arthur J. Evans Collection (according to Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Ancient Greek Art [1904], p. 174); by 1914: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Erotes tomb; loaned to MFA, 1914, as 472.14); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Hellenistic Period, Late 3rd century B.C.


Eretria, Euboia, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 102 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length x width: 2.9 x 2.4 cm (1 1/8 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold; garnet


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings