Oval gem with the head of Sirius (the Dog Star)
Republican or Early Imperial Period
about 100 B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 114 (1920; 2002).
Overall: 2.1 x 1.5 cm (13/16 x 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Strongly convex intaglio in gold setting with ring. Sirius. Head and shoulders of a dog frontal. Around the body, a collar inscribed with artist’s signature in Greek [“Gaios epoiei”].
By date unknown in the 18th century: Lord Chesterfield Collection; then in Lord Bessborough Collection; acquired from Lord Bessborough's Collection by George, 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow Collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; by 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 270); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 69.26); 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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912