Oblong gem with a kneeling warrior

Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Translucent, slightly banded, reddish orange carnelian. Oblong intaglio with slightly squared corners; flat front and convex back. Fully-armored warrior from ¾ back kneeling to left. His left hand, holding a sword, rests on a groundline. The shield on his right arm is held high, forming a frame around his head and upper back. He wears a crested helmet, breastplate decorated with tongues and a sphinx, hatched belt, and skirt with meander patterns. Triangular pattern around the inner shield. Hatched border. Some scratches on the front. Missing chip at upper left.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 299 (bought in Naples); 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund