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Kavousi. 3rd-2nd c. BC

This gold ring from Kavousi, dating from the Hellenistic period, is a simple but striking piece of jewellery. It has a circular bezel made of a thin gold sheet, incised with a smiling Cupid holding a wreath in his right hand and a torch in his left. Cupids are popular subjects in Hellenistic and Roman art, perfectly suited to depictions in miniature on jewellery and other artefacts. This ring is an exquisite example of the aesthetic and expressive power of the fine artworks of the Hellenistic period. Its findspot is unknown because it was handed in to the Museum, but it is reasonable to suppose that it accompanied a burial, perhaps that of a wealthy woman.
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