Scaraboid gem with a statue of Athena (the Palladion)
Lewes House Gems, no. 057 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal) Motif oriented vertically. A statue of armed Athena (the Palladion), viewed frontally, holding shield in right hand, spear in raised left hand, wearing a chiton and himation, and triple-crested helmet. Locks of hair, each rendered by a line of pellets, hang from under the helmet on either side of face. Knotted fillets with tassel at bottom hang from the spear and the inside of the shield. Device on shield: a wheel. Statue is in a striding stance, with right leg in front of the left. Statue situated on round base, inscribed with the Greek letters ‘alpha’ and ‘delta’. In the field at right, a bull’s skull (bucranium).
By 1899-1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 57: bought in Naples, 1899-1900); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912