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Oval gem with Hermes playing lyre

Intaglio. Flat surface. Set in modern gold ring. Hermes, standing left, looking down. he holds a lyre in his unseen left arm, resting his right hand along the top cross bar of the instrument. The frame of the lyre has a bumped surface. Hermes wears winged sandals, a cloak fastened around his...

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By date unknown: Collection of George, 3rd Duke of Marlborough; 1875: purchased by David Bromilow; by 1899: property of Mrs. Jary (daughter of David Bromilow); sold at auction by Christie, Manson and Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London, June 26-29, 1899, lot 165; by 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

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Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd–1st century B.C.

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems