Oval gem with Kassandra kneeling at the Palladion

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 094 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.707

Medium or Technique

Aquamarine

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Double-convex. Kassandra, facing left and keeling on a faint ground line, looks down while grasping a statuette of armed Athena (the Trojan Palladion) with her right hand, and holding a branch in her left hand. Kassandra is nude except for a swath of drapery falling from her right shoulder over her left thigh. Her legs and head are shown in profile; her torso is rendered in three-quarters view. She bends her head forward toward the statuette, causing her hair fall to her neck and around her face; she wears a laurel wreath. The statuette is situated on a separate ground line, likely the top lip of a plinth, holding an undecorated shield and wearing a crested helmet.

Provenance

By 1915: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 94: bought in Athens, 1915.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 56.26); 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