- Museum number
Intaglio; amethyst; Cupid seated on ground on left, bound by arms to trophy behind him; inscribed; in gold ring.
- Production date
- 18thC (?)
Length: 0.62 inches
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
In a gold ring.
l. Natter, Traité de la méthode antique de graver en pierres fine, pl. xxiv.
Brunn and Köhler considered this intaglio modern; Furtwängler (Jahrbuch kaiserlich deutscher Arch. Inst., iv, p. 56) believed the gem antique and the inscription only modern. For the signature Aulos, see under nos. 570, 607, 643, 672, 758.
Supplementary information to Dalton 1915:
See Vollenweider 1966, pl. 33, 1, 2, & 4, described as genuine, signed Aulos.
This intaglio has been variously described as 18th century and ancient. See J. Rudoe 'Eighteenth and nineteenth-century engraved gems in the British Museum; collectors and collections from Sir Hans Sloane to Anne Hull Grundy' in 'Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte' 59. Band 1996. Heft 2, p. 201. fig. 3. footnote 10; see also J. Rudoe, 'Engraved gems: the lost art of antiquity' in Kim Sloan with Andrew Burnett (eds), 'Enlightenment, Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century', London 2003. p. 136. fig. 119.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Other BM number: 1890,0601.125 (Greek and Roman reg.no)