Ring with warrior
Late Archaic Period
late 6th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 025 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Legacy dimension: 0.015 L.
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Ring with leaf-shaped bezel. Motif oriented vertically. A bearded warrior, standing frontally and looking left. Warrior is nude except for a pair of calf-high boots. He holds a spear in his left hand, and a wicker, crescent-shaped shield (pelta) in his right. He stands with weight on his left leg, which is depicted frontally; his right leg, in profile, crosses behind. He has a long, thin nose, thick lips, and a large, oval eye, and thin brow. His long hair falls to his shoulders. He wears a close-fitting, pointed cap.
By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (aaccording to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 25: bought in Athens, 1898); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 133.26); 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