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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World



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.


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