Oval gem with bust of Athena Lemnia

Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Flat on both sides. Set in modern gold bezel and hoop ring. Bust of Athena, bareheaded, faces left, with torso depicted in frontal three-quarter view and head in profile. Her wavy hair is pulled back into a low bun and she has a roll of hair that frames her face, and covers part of her ears and forehead. She wears the aegis, with a vertical row of circles descending from her right shoulder, possibly meant to indicate snakes. Hovering in the field over her right shoulder, a crested Corinthian helmet.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: from the Beckford and Short Collections and Morrison sale, no. 71); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund