Oval gem with bust of Hellenistic king (Demetrios III of Syria?)

Greek
Hellenistic Period
Early 1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 18 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.244

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex back; carved on flat side. Head of a man, in profile to the left, with short, curly hair. He wears a diadem (fillet), whose ends hang down the back of his neck. He has a large, slightly hooked nose, with a slight bump at the bridge. He has a short beard of tight curls. He wears garment (chlamys) fastened at the shoulder with a round pin.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From the Evans coll.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912