Oval gem with Apollo

Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.362

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

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.

Provenance

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