Oval gem with a head of a Ptolemaic queen

Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 096 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length x width x depth: 18 × 13 × 3 mm (11/16 × 1/2 × 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.709

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Out on Loan

On display at The J. Paul Getty Museum, March 27, 2018 – September 9, 2018

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex back; carved on flat side. Head of a woman, in profile to the left. Hair style, with three distinct sections: 1) fringe along her forehead is arranged in twisted curls, divided by a diadem from the next section; 2) wavy locks along the crown of her head; and 3) curls coiled into a bun along the back of her head, with short wavy locks escaping the bun along the nape of her neck. She wears a small hoop earring with three small beads suspended from it on a wire. There is a small crescent-shaped curl along her face, in front of her ear. She is wearing a garment, visible around her neck. She has lines on her neck and a slight double chin.

Provenance

Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; June 8-10, 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, lot 285 (said to have been in the Ludovisi Collection). By 1926, Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 82.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761).

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912