Oval gem with the death of Dolon

Greek or Roman
Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 110 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.).

Accession Number

27.740

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Orange-red carnelian. Oval intaglio; convex front and back; set in a modern gold ring. Dolon, fallen to his knees, graps Odysseus’ knee and holds his right hand up to plead for his life. Diodemes at right holds Dolon’s hair and is about to strike him with the sword held his left hand. The fallen Trojan wears a long-sleeved garment, short chiton, and wolfskin drawn over his head and tied around his shoulders. At left, Odysseus, bearded, wears a pilos and chlamys, and holds a sheathed sword in his right hand. Diomedes wears a chlamys and scabbard slung around his torso. Uneven ground line. Slightly scratched surface.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 101.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912