Scaraboid gem with a statue of Athena (the Palladion)

Greek
Classical Period
400–350 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 057 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.583

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal) Motif oriented vertically. A statue of armed Athena (the Palladion), viewed frontally, holding shield in right hand, spear in raised left hand, wearing a chiton and himation, and triple-crested helmet. Locks of hair, each rendered by a line of pellets, hang from under the helmet on either side of face. Knotted fillets with tassel at bottom hang from the spear and the inside of the shield. Device on shield: a wheel. Statue is in a striding stance, with right leg in front of the left. Statue situated on round base, inscribed with the Greek letters ‘alpha’ and ‘delta’. In the field at right, a bull’s skull (bucranium).

Provenance

By 1899-1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 57: bought in Naples, 1899-1900); 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