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Finger Ring with Intaglio Depicting Eros

A work made of gold and banded stone or glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gold and banded stone or glass.


3rd century



About this artwork

For both men and women in the Roman world, jewelry functioned as a visible sign of wealth, social standing,
and gender. Artists of the time created some works in accord with earlier Hellenistic and Etruscan preferences
for the extravagant and conspicuous use of gold. Over time, imperial expansion increased Romans’ access to a variety of valuable materials, leading to a distinctly Roman taste for jewelry incorporating color—typically in the form of gemstones or glass, as seen in this ring.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Finger Ring with Intaglio Depicting Eros


Rome (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

200 CE–300 CE


Gold and banded stone or glass


2.5 × 2 cm (1 × 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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