Intaglio: Eros or Cupid


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Intaglio: Eros or Cupid   (1900.53.0031A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date 1st – 4th century CE
Culture Roman, Graeco-Roman

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Width) 1.55 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 1.10 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 0.31 cm
Weight 0.86 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Chalcedony, Stone--Quartz--Agate
Manufacturing Processes Intaglio
Munsell Color Information Strong Brown (7.5YR 3/6) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A small onyx stone with a Greek youth driving a chariot harnessed to two racing horses. One hand holds the reins and the other waves a whip high over his head. This is a very small design, but shows remarkable skill and artistic ability. Porada: Cupid(?) as a charioteer, driving a two-horse chariot.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Porada, Edith. "Concordance of Seals in the Oriental Museum, UIUC." Unpublished ms., ca. 1950. Rogers, Frances. Babylonian Seal Cylinders as a Historical Source, UIUC Master's Thesis, 1929. Boardman, Scarisbrick, Wagner, and Zwierlein-Diehl, 2010, The Margorough Gems, no. 397 (also on the web in the Beazley Collection at Oxford).

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication N/A
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information Possibly a fake?

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