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Ringstone with Eros leaning on a pillar and holding a theater mask

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18th century carnelian ringstone in modern (19th century) gold or gilt ring setting. Adolescent Eros standing to right, leaning left elbow on a draped (?) shaft. His legs are crossed; he holds a Silenus (?) mask on his left hand; and a small lyre appears on the groundline at his feet.


By date unknown: Mrs. Henry Lyman Collection; gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman to MFA, February 14, 1962

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Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman

18th century


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems