This is an ancient Roman sardonyx cameo of Eros, dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. The gem is finely cut on an orange layer, with a darker red layer utilized for the field. The cameo represents the youthful head of the god Eros, god of sensual love and desire (his Roman counterpart was Cupid). Such a jewel would have once been created as an amorous token, to be set into a gold finger ring or earrings. He was likely excavated during the 18th century, acquired on a Grand Tour and set into this handsome 22k yellow gold finger ring. It is a wonderful wearable treasure, in excellent antique condition.
OBJECT: Cameo ring
CULTURE: Roman & Georgian
DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D. / Ring 18th century.
MATERIAL: Sardonyx & 22k Gold
RING SIZE: 8 1/2 (US) Q 3/4 (UK)
SIZE: 27mm x 22mm x 2mm (bezel 11mm x 11mm x 7mm)
WEIGHT: 7.4 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Sussex.
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