Prism seal with herm

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

95.85

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical); back half of stone has been broken off, leaving a rounded indent of the perforation. Motif oriented vertically. Herm with erect phallus, viewed from front, capped with bearded head wearing a flat cap. Two projections on either side at top of herm shaft. Kerykeion (caduceus) at right.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: said to have been bought in the Peloponnesos); 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