The J. Paul Getty Museum

Engraved Gem with Cupid holding a Butterfly

Object Details

Title:

Engraved Gem with Cupid holding a Butterfly

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Date:

first half of 1st century A.D.

Medium:

Banded agate

Object Number:

84.AN.1.36

Dimensions:

1.5 × 1.2 × 0.4 cm (5/8 × 7/16 × 3/16 in.)

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Object Description

Type A4 (only slightly convex). Blue with white horizontal strip. Only slightly convex. Bust of Cupid (whose wings are not denoted) facing three-quarter to front; he clasps a butterfly (denoting Psyche) to his chest.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1984

Damon Mezzacappa (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

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