Oval gem with Apollo and a young deer

Republican Period
2nd–1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 109 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Overall (ring bezel): 0.4 x 2 x 1.5 cm (1/8 x 13/16 x 9/16 in.) Overall (gem): 1.6 x 1.1 cm (5/8 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Slightly convex front, set in a modern ring. A nude man stands in profile facing left. He has long hair that falls over his shoulders and is held back with a fillet. He is depicted in an archaistic manner that recalls the style of the Archaic Greek period, and he is almost certainly the god Apollo because of his nudity and the bow and arrows he holds in his right hand. His left hand grasps the front right hoof of a young deer standing on its hind legs in front of him. The figures stand on a ground line.


1912-13: Bought in Naples by Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 109); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912