Oval gem with seated lyre player

Republican Period
1st century B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Tell Dafana


Length x width: 9 x 9 mm (3/8 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Flat on both sides and inward back bezel. A youth, possibly Apollo, seated on a stone or cushion holds a lyre with his right hand and plucks the strings with his left. He faces left and sits with one leg extended and the other tucked under. There are two unidentified hatch or dash marks behind Apollo, and a branch behind the lyre. Little detail in the modeling. There is a ground line.


Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription