Oval gem with the head of Sirius (the Dog Star)

Roman
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 114 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Overall: 2.1 x 1.5 cm (13/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.734

Medium or Technique

Garnet

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Strongly convex intaglio in gold setting with ring. Sirius. Head and shoulders of a dog frontal. Around the body, a collar inscribed with artist’s signature in Greek [“Gaios epoiei”].

Provenance

By date unknown in the 18th century: Lord Chesterfield Collection; then in Lord Bessborough Collection; acquired from Lord Bessborough's Collection by George, 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow Collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; by 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 270); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 69.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912