Oval gem with Neanthos attacked by dogs

Italian
Early 19th century
about 1815–1829


Dimensions

Length: 35 mm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

95.86

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund