Oval gem with warrior, possibly Ajax
3rd century B.C.
Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Tan and white banded onyx. Intalgio. Convex front, flat back. A nude warrior wearing a crested helmet with a shield on his right arm, and holding a pair of spears over his right shoulder stands with his right leg on a rock. He holds a round object in his left hand, possibly a patera, or he may be leaning on the rounded edge of the rock with his left hand.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution