Oval gem with Artemis

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


Dimensions

Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.740

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Motif carved on convex side of stone. Artemis standing on a plinth, possibly representing a statue. She faces right, holding a bow in her left hand; her quiver is visible above her shoulders. She wears a long tunic folded over at the top (peplos); with her right hand she holds the short end of the peplos away from her body. In the back, the peplos flies away from her body as if to suggest movement. Her hair is worn bound in the back, with a bump along her hairline where the hair has been gathered into a roll in an archaic style. She is tall and slim.

Provenance

By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (one of a group of objects according to Warren's records: bought from a Corinthian in Greece. All [98.740, 98.785, 98.796-98.797] from one tomb at Xylocastro. 1898); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund