Scaraboid gem with a head of a bearded man

Greek
Classical Period
450–430 B.C.
Dexamenos


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 050 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.); width: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.); thickness: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number

23.580

Medium or Technique

Jasper

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Yellow jasper mottled with red. Intaglio. Set in a modern gold bezel. Pierced for stringing (vertical). Motif oriented vertically. Profile head of a bearded man, facing left. Inscribed in Greek across the top in two registers: ‘Dexamenos Epoie’ (Dexamenos made [it]).

Signed

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Provenance

According to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 50: said to have been found in a tomb at Kara in Attica about 1860. It passed into the hands of Admiral Soteriades, and was later in the possession of Rhousopoulos; then in the Evans collection.); 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