Oval gem with a woman holding a bird

Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.708

Medium or Technique

Agate

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Banded dark and light brown agate. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented vertically. Woman facing left, with pointy chin, standing with weight on right leg and left leg slightly bent, holds a bird in her extended right hand. She holds a small object (a jar or lyre?) in her left hand. She wears a chiton with swallow-tail drapery folds down her legs, and a short cloak or shawl covering her upper left arm. She wears an archaizing hairstyle: hair gathered in a low bun, striations along the crown of head and a bulbous, bead-like band of hair (possibly a diadem?) around her head. Shallow carving. Small repair at her feet.

Provenance

By 1926: with Edward Perry Warren; according to Warren's records: bought in London; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 141.26); 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