Oval gem with head of Herakles

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


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.359

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat on both sides with inward back bezel. Bust of Herakles in profile to left. Bottom of lion’s jaw sits just under Herakles’ ears. The lion skin sits back on his head so that several rows of curly hair are visible. Two paws tied around his neck. Chipped around top edge.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund