Almond-shaped convex gem with Herakles wrestling the Nemean lion

Greek
Archaic Period
525–500 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 022 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.674

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Set in gold swivel hoop ring. Herakles has arms clasped around lion’s neck. Hatched border; flat under Herakles and discontinued at other end.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 22: from Cyprus and formerly in the Higgins collection [sale catalogue, 1904, no. 56]); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 130.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912