A Roman Sardonyx Cameo of Eros, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st -  2nd century CE
A Roman Sardonyx Cameo of Eros, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st -  2nd century CE
A Roman Sardonyx Cameo of Eros, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st -  2nd century CE
A Roman Sardonyx Cameo of Eros, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st -  2nd century CE

A Roman Sardonyx Cameo of Eros, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE

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Carved with artistic skill and demonstrating precision and sensitivity in the rendering of this lightly chubby and soft face that typically depicts one of the most famous and revered images from Classical Antiquity; Eros, god of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection.  The archetypal small boy of Greco-Roman art, Aphrodite’s most faithful companion is defined in this lovely multi-shaded cameo of orange sardonyx; the upper layer used to fashion the face while the lower reddish layer defines the field.  It has been set, probably during a late 18th century Grand Tour in Italy, into this classic 22K yellow gold ring.

Condition:    Both cameo and ring are intact and in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions:     US ring size 8.5 (UK=Q 1/2; DE=18.5; JP=17; CH=19) Bezel is 11mm x 11mm x 7mm

Provenance:  Private Sussex Collection, Murray Private Collection, London, Private Canadian collection.

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