Oval gem with seated woman holding mirror

Greek
Late Classical/ Early Hellenistic Period
380–320 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 25.91 x 22.86 mm (1 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

64.145

Medium or Technique

Glass paste

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Pale green glass paste. Imitation scaraboid with intaglio on flat face. A seated woman facing left looks at her reflection in a mirror. The woman’s head is veiled and some of her hair is visible across her forehead. She wears a chiton and himation, the folds of which fall across her body. Her eye, nose, and lips are distinctly depicted. She holds a round mirror in her hand and sits on a diphros, a backless stool. Three of its turned legs are visible. She is situated on a ground line. In front of her, coming up as high as her knees, is a neck amphora, a two-handled pot with a clearly-defined neck narrower than the body. At the left edge of the gem is a plant of some sort, growing on a tall, slim stalk and terminating in a frond. The gem’s surfaces are unpolished and worn, and there is a significant chip on the lower edge, which does not obstruct the scene. It is pierced vertically for mounting or suspension.

Provenance

One of a group of gems purchased in Greece or Asia Minor in 1963 by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA with funds approved in advance by the Trustees; accessioned March 11, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour