Cameo with Orestes and Pylades in Tauri

European
Modern
19th century


Dimensions

Diameter: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

34.1436

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

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.

Provenance

By date unknown: Collection of Edward Perry Warren (d. 1928); gift of the Estate of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, December 6, 1934

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Edward Perry Warren