Oval gem with striding lion

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–early 3rd century


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 115 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.589

Medium or Technique

Jasper

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Yellow jasper. Intaglio. Very slightly convex front; set in modern gold ring. Lion striding left with frontal head. Left front leg steps forward. The musculature, coat, and mane are modeled in great detail. The lion stands on a ground line that varies in depth. The inscription in the exergue reads “” (UPEREXIOU, “of Uperexios”) and is likely the artist’s signature.

Inscription

ΥΠΕΡΕΧΙΟΥ

Provenance

According to J. D. Beazley, Lewes House Gems, no. 115: said to have been found in Macedonia in a porus sarcophagus. Bought from Rhousopoulos in 1897 (Rhousopoulos had known it for twenty years and before it was mounted;.....and had made many efforts to buy it. The owner....lived at Salonica.); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912