Scaraboid gem with Apollo and tripod
Early Classical Period
Lewes House Gems, no. 049 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Chalcedony mottled with yellow jasper. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Apollo, at left, naked and on a partial ground line, moves towards a tripod and extends his right hand over one of the rings; he holds a bow in his left hand. The tripod has lion’s feet, a curved rim, reinforcing bands around the legs, and three circular handles; it stands on its own ground line.
By 1908: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 49 it was bought in 1908 from a Greek, who alleged that it came from Delphi); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 83.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912