Oval gem with seated lyre player
1st century B.C.
Findspot: Egypt, Tell Dafana
Length x width: 9 x 9 mm (3/8 x 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription