Gem with flute player in ring

Late Imperial Period
3rd–4th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 124 (1920; 2002).


Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Plasma and gold

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Plasma, oval intaglio with highly convex front set in gold ring with hoop rounded outside and flat inside, and three swellings on each shoulder. Nude woman dancing and playing the flutes, seen from the back with head turned right. She holds some drapery swirling around her torso with her left hand. Partial groundline.


By date unknown: Charles Dawson Collection (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no.124: formerly in the possession of Charles Dawson at Lewes); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 131.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren