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Oval gem with Herakles(?)

Orange with white striations. Intaglio. Convex oval with beveled edge. Motif is carved on the convex side, which has been flattened for the carving. A figure stands facing right; weight on his left leg, and right leg slightly bent, holding a branch or club in his left hand and an unidentifiable...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 1st century B.C.

Accession Number

72.857

Medium or Technique

Agate

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems