Scaraboid gem with a head of a woman
Late 5th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 051 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Blue chalcedony with white, opaque discoloration on back. Intaglio. Set in modern gold twisted hoop. Bust of a woman in profile to left, wearing a necklace. Her hair is completely covered by a cap (sakkos). Line border.
By 1911: Boulton collection (sale catalogue, no. 4, 3 according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 51); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA
Gift of Edward Perry Warren