Gem with Herakles

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


Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.745

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Onyx with three layers (black, white, and brown from the bottom up). Oval intaglio with slightly convex front in modern ring. Bearded, nude Herakles standing frontally with head to right. He leans on a club at his left. He holds an object, probably apples, in his right hand, while a lion skin is wrapped around his forearm. Partial groundlines under his feet and club. Small scratches all over the surface.

Provenance

According to Warren's records: from the Storey-Maskelyne Collection (sale at Sotheby, London, July 4-5, 1921); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1925: loaned by Edward Perry Warren to MFA (as 146.26); 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