Ring with a deer hunt

Greek
Classical Period
425–400 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 054 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 2.8 x 2.2cm (1 1/8 x 7/8in.) Weight: 24.59 gm (0.05 lb.)

Accession Number

21.1204

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Intaglio. Motif oriented horiztonally. An Amazon hunter on horseback prepares to spear a spotted deer, running away at left. The deer is also pursued by a hunting dog. In front of the horse’s head there is a flying bird. The hunter is wearing a short tunic (chiton), belted at waist, and a cloak (chlamys). The chlamys and hair are blown back behind the figure. The horse has a short mane and the tail is rendered by inverted V-shaped lines.

Provenance

By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 54: bought in Athens, 1903); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912