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Cameo; onyx; in middle, Adonis reclining at the knees of Venus, who leans over him from the left; on right is another female figure raising her right hand; in gold swivel-ring of later date.
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Length: 1 inches
- Curator's comments
Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
In a gold swivel-ring of recent date.
Text from Payne Knight's Latin manuscript catalogue
28) Daphnis, Mercurii filius, bucolicorum heros, corpore nudo, chlamyde pone rejecta, in matris nymphae vestitae amplexu, a dextra subvenientis, moribundus, adstante a sinistra alia nympha vestita, passis capillis, elata dextra, exerta mamilla, plangentis ritu, upapa ave cristata et obscaena in capite stante et moriturum inspiciente, e strato albo opaco onychis Indicae, fusco pellucido inhaerente, summa artificii elegantia, exsculptus; quemadmodum Virgilius fabulam tradidit, a Theocritea et aliorum in multis diversam.
Exctinctum nymphae crudeli funere Daphnim flebant.
Quum, complexa sui corpus miserabile nati,
atque deos, atque astra creat crudelia mater.
E capsa supra citata Garnerii episcopi.
Buc: V. 28. Vide et Ovid: Met: VI. 672.
Daphnis, the son of Mercury, the pastoral hero, with a nude body, his cloak thrown back behind him, in the embrace of his clothed nymph mother, coming to his aid from the right, he about to die, with another clothed nymph assisting from the left, with her hair spread out, her right hand raised, a breast uncovered, in accordance to the custom of beating the breast in grief, with a crested and portentous hoopoe bird standing on her head and looking on at the one who is about to die, carved out with the greatest artistic elegance from a white, opaque layer of Indian onyx, adhering to a dark, translucent one; in the manner that Vergil recounted the story, which is different in many ways to that of Theocritus and the others.
The nymphs wept for Daphnis, killed in a cruel death.
When she, his mother, having embraced the wretched body of her son,
entreated the gods and the cruel stars.
see Buc: V. 28. and Ovid: Met: VI. 672.
From the cabinet of Bishop Garnier cited above.
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Miscellaneous number: RPK.28 (Payne Knight Collection)