Ring

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Object Name: 
Ring
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
97.3.51
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 2.6 cm, W: 2.6 cm, D: 2.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1825-1875
Web Description: 
This ring depicts an allegory of true love. Cupid, the son of Venus, is tending the fire of love, while a butterfly flutters in front of him. The butterfly represents Psyche (the Greek name can be translated as "life," "spirit," and "soul," as well as "butterfly" or "moth"), a girl who was loved by Cupid and so beautiful that Venus became jealous of her. This scene is a micromosaic, a glass picture made from tiny sections of colored glass rods. As many as 1,400 such sections are found in a single square inch, which is slightly more than the diameter of the ring. Together, they have the look of a painting. In Rome, mosaicists copied paintings and prints, and they also created new designs ranging from jewelry to large furniture inlays (see 97.3.10).
Department: 
Provenance: 
Briars Antiques, Source
1997-10-06
Color: 
Technique: 
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Multicolored glass; gilt mount ring.
Recent Important Acquisitions, 40 (1998) illustrated, pp. 150-151, #25; BIB# AI40492
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1997 (1998) illustrated, p. 10, 43;