Intaglio with a centaur carrying a maenad

Greek or Roman
Late Hellenistic or early Imperial
50 B.C.–50 A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 111 (1920; 2002).


Legacy dimension: 0.015 L.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Centaur galloping to right with a maenad, head thrown back, on his back. His right arm is bent back to hold the rider, while his left carries a streamered thyrsos. The maenad wears a chiton and possibly an animal skin tied diagonally between her breasts. Her left arm, held back over her head, originally held some object, probably a tympanum. Only right half preserved; small chips missing at the bottom. Reddish brown carnelian. Fragmentary, oval intaglio with flat front; mounted in a modern gold ring.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 111: From the Boulton collection [sale catalogue, no. 28,1]); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 79.26); 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)

Before June 1894 to December 1911: Matthew Piers Watt Boulton (“Boulton Sale”: Christie, Manson & Woods, Intagli and camei (1911), no. 28, 1)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912