Ring

Object Details

Title:

Ring

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Greek

Place(s):

Greece (Place created)

Date:

about 350 B.C.

Medium:

Gold

Dimensions:

2.2 x 1.8 cm, 0.012 kg (7/8 x 11/16 in., 0.0265 lb.)

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A seated Aphrodite, the goddess of love, holds a scale in which she weighs two figures of Eros, the young winged god of love. Scenes of the weighing of love (erotostasia) are not common in Greek art, appearing on only a few pieces of jewelry and on vases. While the precise meaning of this weighing scene is unknown, Aphrodite and Eros often appear on rings made in the 300s B.C., reflecting the general popularity of Aphrodite in the art of this period.

The form of this ring, with a large, flat, oval bezel, is standard for that time.

Provenance
by 1983 - 1985

Dr. Athos Moretti (Bellinzona, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum through Bank Leu, A.G. (Zurich, Switzerland), 1985.

Exhibitions
Beyond Beauty: Antiquities as Evidence (December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999, (Cat.)
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (March 28, 2012 to May 26, 2013)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 26, 2011 to February 20, 2012, (Cat.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, (Malibu), March 28 to July 9, 2012, (Cat.)
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), p. 197, no. 73.10.

Spier, Jeffrey. Ancient Gems and Finger Rings: Catalogue of the Collections. Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992. p. 34, cat. no. 51.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) p. 88.

Jackson, Monica M. Hellenistic Gold Eros Jewellery. Technique, Style and Chronology. Oxford: Archaeopress/BAR International Series, 2006 p. 218.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 86.