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Garnet ring stone

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
Italic
Medium:
Garnet (almandine)
Dimensions:
Other: 1/2 x 1/4 x 5/8 in. (1.3 x 0.6 x 1.6 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881
Accession Number:
81.6.31
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Here, Eros appropriates the attributes of Herakles, especially his club and lion skin, in an allegorical representation of love overcoming brute strength. The subject was popular in Hellenistic and Roman art.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 98, p. 77, pl. 30, 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. 230, p. 57, pl. 35, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 230, p. 57, pl. 35, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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