Rectangular gem with bust of Eastern ruler

Hellenistic Period (or Modern?)
3rd century B.C.(?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 099 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Bust of a man, facing left. He has short hair, mostly covered by an Eastern style head-dress. He has a weak chin and a long, hooked nose, and wears a garment (chlamys) fastened at his shoulder. The head-dress has a front visor, a side flap that is folded over the crown of the head, and another flap hanging down the back of the neck. It is placed slightly back on the man’s head making the fringe of hair along his forehead visible. He appears also to have a fillet tied around his head, passing over his forehead, under the head-dress.


By 1913: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 99: Bought from W. T. Ready in 1913.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 65.26); 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