Ring set with gem with seated man

Greek or Italic
late Classical or early Hellenistic
4th century B.C.


1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Iron and chalcedony

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Bearded man seated on a stool with four turned legs, holding a scroll in his right hand and in the other a long stick that rests on a globe in front of his left foot. His lower body is wrapped in a himation, whose end drapes over the man’s left arm and falls behind the stool.

Groundline. Hatched border. Broken in four parts; chip missing at upper right; abrasions and scratches on the surface. Fragmentary iron ring with high shoulder and oval bezel; lower part of the hoop cut and missing. Chalcedony (?), oval intaglio with flat front.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: sent from Athens); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren
for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund