Oval gem with a youth writing on a tablet

Italic
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.355

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Dark orange-red carnelian. Oval intaglio; flat front and back; set in a modern golden ring. Youth in ¾ view bending to left to write on a tablet. He wears a chlamys. Below, a head surrounded with a zigzagging design. Cable border. Small missing chips around the border. Yellow incrustations over the surface.

Provenance

By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome 1899.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund