Exhibitions/ Art Object

Gold ring with intaglio of seated woman and flying Eros

2nd half of the 5th century B.C.
Overall: 7 1/16 x 7/16in. (18 x 1.1cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
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.
De Ricci, Seymour. 1912. Catalogue of a Collection of Ancient Rings Formed by the Late E. Guilhou. no. 295 , Paris.

Sotheby & Co. 1937. Superb Collection of Rings. November 9–12, 1937. lot 84, pl. 4.

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

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

von Bothmer, Dietrich, Carlos A. Picón, Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Ariel Herrmann. 1995. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1994–1995: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 53(2): p. 11.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1995. "One Hundred Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 125: p. 16.

Jackson, Monica. 2006. Hellenistic Gold Eros Jewellery: Technique, Style and Chronology, BAR International Series. pl. 26(A), 16, Oxford: Archaeopress.

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