Oval gem with satyr(?) holding bunch of grapes

Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

99.104

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Motif carved on convex face. Set in modern gold ring. A satyr (?), wearing a large garland indicated by a mass of dots, walks to the right. In his right arm, down at his side, he holds a bunch of grapes, and another in his left hand in front of his upturned face. His head is small for his body; torso seen in three-quarters view. Motif situated on a ground line. Shallow carving.

Provenance

By date unknown: Collection of George, 3rd Duke of Marlborough; 1875: purchased by David Bromilow; by 1899: property of Mrs. Jary (daughter of David Bromilow); by 1899: with 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