Ring with oval gem with an athlete holding a scraper (strigil)
1st century B.C.
Length: 8 mm (5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Gold ring with a gem carved with a nude athlete holding a strigil for scraping oil and dirt off his body.
Flat front; set in ancient gold ring round hoop and thickening shoulders. Nude youth, facing left. He holds the strigil in his left hand and steps forward with right foot. Torso in three-quarters view, head in profile. He has short, curly hair indicated by drilled holes. Motif situated on a partial ground line.
By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Canosa.1899.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution