Ring with Nereid riding a hippocamp

Greek
Classical Period
425–400 B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 126.5 gr. weight

Accession Number

95.92

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. Nereid, seated ‘side-saddle’ on a composite creature, a hippocamp, moving to the left. She wears a chiton, with many vertical lines to indicate pleats, a necklace indicated by round dots, and a himation that has fallen around her waist. She crosses her legs at the ankles. She has her hair gathered back into a bun and several striations along her head indicate locks of hair. Her head is in profile, torso in three-quarter view. The hippocamp has the head and forelegs of a horse, and snaky, scaled back end. It wears a bridle. The Nereid rests her left hand on the creature’s fish tail, and her right hand around its neck. Along the edge of ring below the hippocamp’s front legs there appears to be a dolphin.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: said to have been found in Greece); 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