Oval gem with Neanthos attacked by dogs
Early 19th century
Length: 35 mm (1 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Transparent orange-red sardonyx. Oval intaglio; very slightly convex front and flat back; vertical wall tapering inward. Youth, Neanthos, nude except for a billowing chlamys, lunges to right, while two dogs bite his right leg. He holds a lyre with a fillet in his left arm and attempts to ward off the attack with his right. Partial ground line. Signed “of Apollonides” in the exergue. Slightly scratched surface.
By date unknown: Prince Stanislaw Poniatowski (Christie's, London (1839), lot 1086); by 1839: John Tyrell; by date unknown: Lord Monson (Christie's, London (June 27, 1854), lot 18); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)
Catharine Page Perkins Fund