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A Roman carnelian intaglio ring stone of Eros, ca 2nd century AD
Reference No: RJ007
A Roman carnelian intaglio ring stone of Eros, ca 2nd century AD
List Price: $ 2,950
Price : $ 1,950
EUR 1,817.60 GBP 1,554.35 AUD 2,989.35
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The stone intaglio, perhaps used as a seal, is delicately carved with a chubby, winged Eros playing a gracefully rendered lyre.  With feet standing on a ground line, the incised wings of Eros are extended from his back, his head is turned in profile and he reaches across his body with his right arm to strum the large lyre held in his left arm.
 
Eros was the mischievous son of Aphrodite and enjoyed shooting arrows of love into the hearts of unsuspecting victims.  In Roman legend, Eros himself falls in love with and woos a beautiful mortal girl named Psyche.
 
Condition:  Minimal wear around the edges of stone, mounted on modern 18K gold ring setting.
 
Dimensions:   US ring size 8 1/2
 
Provenance:  Private California collection