Ancient Roman Hardstone Sardonyx Cameo of Eros / Cupid

Ancient Roman Hardstone Sardonyx Cameo of Eros / Cupid

Code: 11671

£1,250.00 Approx $1719.39, €1463.7
 

This is an ancient Roman hardstone cameo of Eros (Cupid), dating to the 1st century BC - 1st century AD. The gem is nicely cut on two-layer sardonyx, with the background of a pinkish red. Eros is cut on the white layer, which delicately contrasts with the background. The size of this gem would indicate it was originally set into a pendant. Bust of Eros. The winged youth is depicted with head in profile and naked back in three quarters. The head is nicely sculpted wearing a headband, the hair is wavy and ending by ringlets that have been drilled. The gem has survived intact and bears no chips or damage.

This is a very competent and well-sculpted ancient gem in excellent condition. 

OBJECT: Cameo

CULTURE: Roman

DATE: c. 1st century BC - 1st century AD.

MATERIALSardonyx

SIZE: 23mm x 19mm x 9mm

WEIGHT: 4.81 grams

PROVENANCE: British private collection of the 1990s. Acquired on the London art market.