Scaraboid gem with stooping warrior
Late Archaic Period
Early 5th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 030 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length x width: 14 x 11 mm (9/16 x 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Pierced (horizontal). Nude warrior stoops to the right to pick up a crested helmet, while holding a round shield in his right hand. He has a fringe of curls above his forehead and along the back of his neck. Highly detailed and precisely modeled musculature. Greek letter ‘alpha’ in the field, at right. Hatched border.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 30: bought at Castrogiovanni [Enna] in Sicily); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912