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Gold ring with carnelian intaglio: Eros with flaming torch

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Cypriot
Medium:
Carnelian, gold
Dimensions:
1/2 × 3/8 × 5/8 in. (1.3 × 1 × 1.6 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4233
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Eros leaning on an inverted torch.

These items, all found on Cyprus, are very representative of Roman decorative jewelry, in which various designs are combined and highlighted with colored gems in order to make them look as rich and impressive as possible. Similar jewelry is found throughout the Roman Empire.
1. Gold, beryl, and garnet earrings, 3rd century A.D. (74.51.3967, .3968)
2. Gold and carnelian ring, carved with the figure of Eros, late 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D. (74.51.4233)
3. Gold and carnelian ring, 1st–early 3rd century A.D. (74.51.4234)
4. Gold and pearl earrings, 3rd century A.D. (74.51.3853, .3854)
5. Gold and garnet ring, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D. (74.51.4261)
6. Gold and beryl ring, late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D. (74.51.4272)
7. Gold and banded agate ring, 1st–2nd century A.D. (74.51.4264)
8. Gold and garnet ring, 2nd century A.D. (74.51.4262)
From Cyprus

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 148, pp. 102-3, pl. 39, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 130-31, fig. 87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 130-31, fig. 87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 304, p. 74, pl. 42, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Schlüter, Margildis, Gertrud Horster, and Peter Zazoff. 1975. Antike Gemmen in deutschen Sammlungen: Hannover, Kestner-Museum, Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Vol. 4. p. 72, Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 495, p. 293, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 304, p. 74, pl. 42, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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