Oval gem with striding lion
2nd–early 3rd century
Lewes House Gems, no. 115 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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.
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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912