ROMAN CARNELIAN SQUARED INTAGLIO – EROS

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ROMAN CARNELIAN SQUARED INTAGLIO – EROS

Period / Age: 2nd - 3rd Century AD

Provenance: Private English Collection

Dimensions:

Length: 1cm (0.39”)
Width: 0.3cm (0.12”)
Height: 1cm (0.39”)

The intaglio shows naked and winged Eros/Cupid seating on stones in front of an altar. His one leg is bend.

Eros – known as Cupid to the Romans – was the Greek god of sexual attraction, a constant companion of Aphrodite. He is one of the children of Aphrodite & Ares.

Variously depicted as either a beautiful youth or a mischievous nude boy, Eros is most commonly represented with a bow and an unlimited number of arrows which he uses to overpower the reason and incite erotic feelings in any mortal or god per Aphrodite’s or his own wish. Once, though, he accidentally scraped himself with an arrow – and that’s how he fell in love with Psyche, who will later become his wife for eternity.

ORIGIN: Italy

CONDITION: Very good. Slight chip on the edge.