Scaraboid gem with a head of a woman

Greek
Classical Period
Late 5th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 051 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.596

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Blue chalcedony with white, opaque discoloration on back. Intaglio. Set in modern gold twisted hoop. Bust of a woman in profile to left, wearing a necklace. Her hair is completely covered by a cap (sakkos). Line border.

Provenance

By 1911: Boulton collection (sale catalogue, no. 4, 3 according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 51); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren