Oval gem with one of the Horae

17th century A.D.


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Set in modern gold setting. A woman walking to the left, her drapery billowing out around her, in the style of Neo-Attic sculpture. Around her head, a nimbus-like veil. She holds her skirt in her left hand, and with her right hand raised to her shoulder, clutches at her veil. At the right, a thin tree with a small, round tufts of foliage at the top. At the left, a small child, with his hand clasped together and raised over his head - likely meant to be one of the Karpoi, a child of the seasons meant to signify fruit of the earth and fertility. Above the child, a tail and wing of a small bird; rest of bird cut off.


By date unknown: Lord Arundel collection; the collection of Lord Arundel and his descendants eventually became part of the collection of George, 3rd Duke of Marlborough; bought by David Bromilow, Esq. in 1875, later the property of his daughter, Mrs. Jary; sold at auction by Christie, Manson and Woods, London, June 26-29, 1899, lot 265; purchased at Christie's auction by Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund