Gem with Athena Nikephoros
Late Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.
Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Red carnelian. Oval intaglio with flat front, set in modern gold ring. Athena seated to left, holding in her right hand a winged Nike facing her. In front, a tall incense burner. A shield with a thunderbolt or star leans against the backless throne. Groundline. Two small chips missing around the edge.
1897: purchased in Italy by an anonymous collector; March 1964: purchased from an anonymous collector by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule (said to have been found at Paestum in Lucania); loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, July 14 1965 (loan no. 155.65); gift to MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 21, 2001, in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule
Gift in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule