Oval gem with Apollo

Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Convex front, flat back. Set in modern gold band. Apollo standing frontal, leaning with left elbow in a short column, on which stands a tripod. At his feet, a lyre rests on the ground and a bird sits on one of the bars of the instrument. Apollo is semi-draped; the garment wraps around his left leg and continues across his back and is draped over the crook of his right arm. A bird sits on his right hand, which he has raised up to eye-level. Apollo looks down to the left. Motif situated on a ground line.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Sicily.); 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