Oval gem with Kassandra kneeling at Palladion

Greek
Late Hellenistic Period
Late 1st century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Euboea, Chalkis

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 093 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length (without setting): 21 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.713

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Image carved on convex side. Set in modern gold bezel and loop ring. Kassandra, nude except for a garment draped over her right thigh and upper arm, kneels before a statuette of armed Athena (the Trojan Palladion). She bows her head and holds a branch in her left hand, while clasping the image of Athena with her right. Her hair flows down her neck and shoulders in waves; she wears a laurel wreath. Her torso is rendered in three-quarters view, while the head and legs are in profile. The statuette of Athena stands with one leg forward, wearing a long, belted garment (chiton) and a crested helmet. She holds a spear across her left shoulder; and on her right arm, a shield decorated with a gorgon’s head. The statue is placed upon a rectangular pedestal, atop a separate plinth. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By 1908: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 93: Found at Chalkis in Euboea. Bought from Lambros in 1908.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 67.26); 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