Cameo with Orestes and Pylades in Tauri
Diameter: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)
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Oval, creamy white over mottled brown sardonyx cameo. Nude youth, Orestes, seated on an altar with head in hand. Before him, another nude youth, Pylades, leaning on a pillar. In the background, doors of a temple (?) decorated with fillets. A young woman, Iphigeneia (?), and soldier holding a shield stand on its steps. Thick ground line. Faded inscription in cursive letters on the altar.
Modern copy of the ancient piece 21.1221.
By date unknown: Collection of Edward Perry Warren (d. 1928); gift of the Estate of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, December 6, 1934
Gift of the Estate of Edward Perry Warren