object of desire

Roman gem of Cupid in an antique gold ring, 1st/2nd century AD and around 1890

This ring is an object of desire in the truest sense of the word, for its showpiece is an ancient Roman gem of Cupid, the god of desire and passionate love. Cut in two-tone layered stone, the round face of the childlike god rises vividly before a dark background. Since the reign of the Emperor Augustus (63 B.C. - A.D. 14) Cupid was a common motif in Roman art. However, he was not worshipped in his own temples; rather, he accompanied other deities, mostly his mother Venus, the goddess of love. This representation went back to earlier Greek mythology, in which he, as Eros armed with bow and arrow, not only brought happiness, but also caused all kinds of mischief: whether man or god, whoever was struck by his arrows allowed himself to be guided solely by his passion, regardless of all consequences and dangers. It is probably this playful nature to which the god owes his childlike appearance. At the same time it reflects the capriciousness of lust and love. The childlike disposition of the god of love is also the subject of all kinds of tales and paintings: The Greek poet Theocritus, for instance, already conceived of him as a honey thief who ran to his mother, stung by bees, and wept. She, however, told him that he himself was only a small creature, and that he would also inflict great pain on people through the stings of his arrows. The Roman gem of the little god of love has survived the course of time excellently. In the late 19th century it was then set in a solid gold ring, the sides of which are decorated with neo-Gothic tendril décor - just as intricate and tangled as the paths of love themselves sometimes are. A ring with a comparable gem from the 1st/2nd century can be found in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, under inventory no. 8778-1863.

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