A hand pinches an earlobe on this ancient cameo. Around the ear is another object, perhaps a knotted scarf or a diadem. The inscription reads: “Remember me, your dear sweetheart, and fare well, Sophronios.”They say this is Roman, meaning the eastern part of the empire, since the writing is Greek.
The ear-tweaking hand is a common motif signifying a request for attention. Gems like this were mementos of love and were given as gifts. This one must have been a heart-felt one.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Remember Me, Sophronios
From the Getty: