Description This ring uses naturally occurring color variations in a slice of agate to create a miniature relief of Cupid chasing a butterfly, which represents the human soul. Other neoclassical artists also represented this theme, perhaps most famously the marble by Antoine-Denis Chaudet, which is in the Louvre in Paris. The cameo is set in a pierced gold ring.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909
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