Round gem with woman playing flute

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


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (almost 7/16 in.) Legacy dimension: 0.012 L. 0.0065 L. of front face

Accession Number

03.1009

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back with large curved outward, front bezel. Set it modern ring. A young woman playing a double flute, walks on tip-toe to the right. She wears a transparent chiton and tilts her head back. Head in profile, body in three-quarters view from the back, revealing her buttocks. Motif situated on a faint ground line. Neo-Attic in style and modeling.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in London); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900