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Ring with Cupid Chasing a Butterfly
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Ring with Cupid Chasing a Butterfly

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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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18th century
agate, gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H of bezel: 5/8 x W: 1/2 in. (1.59 x 1.27 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)


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