Gem with comic actor

Greco-Roman
Late Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 108 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.738

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Sard. Oval intaglio with flat front set in modern ring. Comic actor in the costume of an old man in three-quarter view to right. He leans on a knotted stick and strokes the long beard of his mask. Partial groundline. Some scratches and abrasions at the top

Provenance

By 1912-1913: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 108: Bought in Rome (?) 1912-13.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 94.26); 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