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Chalcedony scaraboid in silver ring

Period:
Classical
Date:
mid-5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Chalcedony, silver
Dimensions:
1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm) gem: 1/4 × 9/16 × 13/16 in. (0.6 × 1.5 × 2 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4199
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Hades abducting Persephone

Hades, the ruler of the underworld, abducted Persephone, the daughter of the goddess Demeter. Persephone spent half the year with him and half on earth.
Said to be from Cyrpus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4199, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 111, fig. 71, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 32, pp. 28-29, pls. 8, 11, 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.

Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. p. 51, fig. 108, 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. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 286, pl. 126a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 68, pp. 18-19, pl. 11, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4: Eros-Herakles. Hades, no. 78, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Persephone, no. 184, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 68, pp. 18-19, pl. 11, color p. 4, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Zwierlein-Diehl, Erika. 2007. Antike Gemmen und ihr Nachleben. p. 358, fig. 132, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

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