Round gem with bust of soldier

Greek
Hellenistic Period
Late 2nd–early 1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 19 x 16 mm (3/4 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.863

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Set in ancient(?) bronze setting. Slightly convex. Motif carved on flat side. Bust of a man, facing right, wearing Baktrian-type helmet with a long plume, long flowing hair, a cuirass, and cape(?) tied around his neck, with ends sticking out. Overlying his shoulder, a shield with a star device. Gem is cracked and/or broken and repaired.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way