Oval gem with youth leaning on pillar

Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 12 x 6 mm (1/2 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.836

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Highly convex; elongated oval shape. A nude youth standing and leaning on a pillar with his right elbow. He crosses his right leg over left knee/shin with weight on his left leg. He holds his unnaturally long left arm away from his body. No facial details are rendered, in contrast to the rounded pectoral muscles and modeling of the torso. Surface is scratched and somewhat worn.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way