CUPID CAMEO RING
Roman Empire, 3rd century (?)
Gold and onyx
Weight 7.2 gr; circumference 51.2 mm.; size US 5¾; UK L
Cupid or Eros (in Greek) is perhaps today’s favorite god of the ancient world. Eros and Cupid are often conflated, even in ancient Rome, but they were actually different figures with different “biographies.” onveying love, fickleness, and even pain, cupid was also a symbol of triumph.Substantial D-section hoop gently widening at the shoulder to hold an oblong bezel. The collet setting holds a grey onyx cameo depicts the head of a cupid carved in high relief. Wings appear under the head. The cameo is in superior condition; the setting is modern.