Ring with Hermes

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 048 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length x width: 16 x 11 mm (5/8 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.593

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Intaglio. Ring with oval bezel. Motif oriented vertically. Hermes, standing right, leans on an Ionic column with his right arm. He holds a caduceus in his right hand and holds a dish (phiale) in his left hand. He wears a cloak (chlamys) fastened around his neck with a round pin, which falls down his back and sides in a series of swallow-tail folds; the chlamys is caught under his right elbow. His torso and legs are seen in three-quarters view; his head in profile. He has short hair indicated by pellets; large nose and ear; bushy eyebrow. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: Bourguignon Collection (purchased by him in Constantinople according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 48); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 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