Scaraboid gem with two Amazons
Lewes House Gems, no. 049 bis (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 25 mm (1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. At left, an Amazon, wearing a short chiton with long sleeves, leggings with a lozenge pattern, and a pointed cap with two straps, seated on a rock. She holds a staff in her right hand and reaches up to the horse standing in front of her. Another Amazon, in a similar costume, rides the horse toward the seated figure. She holds the reins in her left hand and a crop in her right. The scene is situated on an uneven ground line. Hatched border.
By 1919: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 49 bis: from Melos. Formerly in the Evans Collection: acquired in 1919.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 59.26); 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