Roman Carnelian Intaglio of Eros
An ancient Roman carnelian gem carved with an intaglio image of an winged Eros gazing into the face of a mask.
Ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD.
The Roman god Cupid (Greek: Eros) was the youthful personification of Love, and was usually depicted alongside Venus (Aphrodite).
cf.: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, accession no. 42.959.
Formerly in the B. G. collection, Surrey, United Kingdom; subsequently in the R. A. collection, London.