Intaglio Gold Claw Ring
18k gold claw ring with ancient intaglio depicting winged Cupid riding a dolphin holding his arrow. Stone of red jasper. Contemporary gold setting.
• Roman Empire; Intaglio 1st-3rd century A.D.
In classic mythology, Cupid was the god of love and attraction who was capable of making divine or mortal individuals fall in love with his enchanted arrows. Cupid is often represented as a chubby boy with wings, carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows. This ring is a fine example of its type.