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Oval gem with birth of Athena

Intaglio. Flat front and convex back; set in modern ring. Zeus seated at right with Athena, fully grown and armed, emerging from his head. Zeus has a bare torso, and wears a garment around his legs. At left, another figure stands with his left leg resting on a rock(?) and holding a palm frond in...

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From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems