Banded yellowish agate with a tall muse holding a lyre. Her slightly bent head is carefully carved with detailed hairdo and chinon. The garment is fixed around her chest and falls in many folds. The belt is indicated with four beads and the lyre enhanced with bands. Behind the muse Eros standing on a small pillar.
Lyres were the attributes of Terpsichore, the muse ruling over dance and the dramatic chorus, as well as of Erato, the muse of love poetry.
Excellent composition of a popular motif during the Augustan period. For related theme and style cf. Frank Sternberg auctions Zurich, November 1994 sale, lots no. 711 and 734.
Gem of oval shape, form 6b, p. 15 in: Die antiken Gemmen des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien. Vol. 1. Munich 1973.
Agate with yellow and white layers
Roman, Augustan classicism. 1st century BC/AD
1.81 cm (0.7 in) x 1.38 cm (0.5 in) x 0.29 cm (0.1 in)
Intact, highly polished.
Swiss art market (data will be provided to the buyer)
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