Oblong gem with the fight over the body of Achilles

Italic or Modern
Hellenistic Period or Modern
3rd–2nd century B.C. or 16-17th century?


Dimensions

Length x width: 25 x 15 mm (1 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

10.174

Medium or Technique

Sard

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Pale brown sard. Oblong intaglio; slightly convex front and back; set in a modern gold ring. Three fully-armed Trojan warriors clash shields with a single Greek warrior wearing a pilos and brandishing a spear, probably Odysseus. Behind him, a partly-visible figure kneels behind his shield. At right, a warrior, probably Achilles, collapses on his shield with one hand to his wounded heel. A warrior stands over him in a protective stance while another leans away, holding a rope to drag the body away or pulling out the arrow. The warriors wear a helmet, short tunic and greaves with the exception of Achilles and the warrior dragging his body, both without tunics. Ground line and exergue with alternately hatched triangles. Small chip missing at right.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution