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Nessus Abducting Dejanira

Maker:
Giuseppe Girometti (Italian, Rome 1780–1851 Rome)
Date:
ca. 1815–25
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
Sardonyx, mounted in gold as a pendant
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 15/16 x 2 1/4 in. (4.9 x 5.7 cm); visible cameo (confirmed): 40.5 x 48 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
Purchase, Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ada Peluso, and Romano I. Peluso Gift, in memory of Ignazio Peluso, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.164
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
The centaur Nessus, midstream, is carrying the protesting Deianira, wife of Hercules, at the very moment that Hercules, standing on the riverbank facing them, fires the arrow that will kill him. Girometti repeated a relief by the Danish Neoclassical sculptor Thorvaldsen; the Museum acquired a fine marble example of the Thorvaldsen as well as this gem in 2004. Girometti signed the cameo in Greek.
Signature: At right edge, in Greek characters: ΓΥΡΟΜΕΤΤΟΥ
Raphael Esmerian , New York ; Ralph Esmerian , New York
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