Cameo with Leda and the swan

Greek or Roman or modern?
Hellenistic Period or modern?
1st Century B.C? or 18th century


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 129 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Length: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

27.749

Medium or Technique

Agate

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

Oval agate cameo in three layers: opaque white over translucent ecru over transparent cream. Nude female, Leda, in profile to left with one knee on an altar, holding the Swan between her legs. The bird’s neck wraps around her head and his head rests on her shoulder. Ground line.

Provenance

Accordiing to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 129: formerly in the Montigny Collection (Collection de M. de Montigny, vente a l'hôtel Drouot, 23-25 mai 1887, pl. 5, no. 650); bought by Edward Perry Warren from W. T. Ready in 1897; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 70.26); 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