Scaraboid gem with Diomedes carrying the Palladion

Greek
Classical Period
Early 4th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 058 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 28 mm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.703

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Set in modern gold hoop. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Diomedes holding the Trojan Palladion in his left hand, and a short sword in his right, walks to the left. He wears a cloak on his right arm and has short hair. The Palladion, a small statue of armed Athena, stands with one foot forward, and wears a crested helmet; she holds a shield with her right arm and a spear in her raised left hand. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 58: From Cythera. Bought in 1898. Formerly in the possession of Rhousopoulos.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 57.26); 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)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912