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Aphrodite Weighing Love
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Unknown
Greek, about 350 B.C.
Gold
7/8 x 11/16 in.
85.AM.277

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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.