Scaraboid gem with Kassandra kneeling at Palladion
mid-4th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 062 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Mottled yellow, tan, orange and black. Very thinly cut scaraboid. Intaglio. Motif oriented vertically. The Trojan Palladion, a statue of armed Athena, is situated on a double plinth, standing with one foot forward, and wearing a closely clinging garment and a crested helmet; she holds a shield with her right arm and a spear in her raised left hand. Kassandra, with bare torso and garment around legs, kneels at the base of the Palladion and reaches around to grasp the statue with her left arm. In her extended right hand she holds one edge of her garment, which hangs down in folds from her extended hand; the edge is clearly delineated by a deeply cut, wavy line. The motif is situated on a ground line.
By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 62: From Granitza in Doris. Bought from Rhousopoulos in 1898.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 62.26); 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