Oval gem with a head of an Eastern ruler
2nd–1st century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 097 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Intaglio. Convex back. Head of a man of advanced age, facing left, with short, curly hair and a full beard. With parted lips and eyes wide open beneath a furrowed brow, the man appears animated, if somewhat anxious. He wears a cloak (chlamys) tied in a bow around his neck and a conical cap typically associated with Phrygia. The top of the hat is obscured by a chip in the stone.
By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 289 (said to have been found at Suleimanieh in Turkish Kurdistan); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 51.26); 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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912