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Gold ring with intaglio of seated woman and flying Eros

Period:
Classical
Date:
2nd half of the 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 1/16 x 7/16in. (18 x 1.1cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.230.1
  • Description

    The elegantly attired woman approached by Eros is seated on a stool and holds a frond in her right
    hand. Eros flies up toward her face, touching her right shoulder with one hand and raising a wreath to her head with the other. Both the subject and the rendering are closely related to the work of
    contemporary Attic vase painters, who often showed Eros with either Aphrodite or a bride being prepared for her nuptials.

  • References

    De Ricci, Seymour. 1912. Catalogue of a Collection of Ancient Rings Formed by the Late E. Guilhou. Paris, no. 295 .

    Boardman, John. 1970. Greek Gems and Finger Rings: Early Bronze Age to Late Classical. London: Thames and Hudson, London, no. 527Bo.

    Boardman, John and Diana Scarisbrick. 1977. The Ralph Harari Collection of Finger Rings. London: Thames and Hudson, London, pp. 15-16, fig. 8.

    Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1995. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1994-1995." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 53(2): p. 11.

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