Oval gem with maschalismos
3rd century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 090 (1920; 2002).
Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)
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Orange-red carnelian. Long, oval intaglio; front and back slightly convex; wall tapering inward; in modern gold ring. Maschalismos: two nude men, facing in profile, dismembering the trunk of a youth. The head rests on the ground. The man at left wears a chlamys. The other lifts a short sword. Uneven ground line. Hatched border.
By 1916: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 90: Bought in London, 1916.); November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA
Gift of Edward Perry Warren