Gem with comic actor
Late Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 108 (1920; 2002).
Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Sard. Oval intaglio with flat front set in modern ring. Comic actor in the costume of an old man in three-quarter view to right. He leans on a knotted stick and strokes the long beard of his mask. Partial groundline. Some scratches and abrasions at the top
By 1912-1913: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 108: Bought in Rome (?) 1912-13.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 94.26); 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