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Oval gem with Marsyas and Olympus

Black agate. Intaglio. Irregularly shaped oval with faceted back. Marsyas, seated on a rock at the right, reaches out toward a slender boy, Olympus, who stands before him at the left. The boy holds a flute in either hand and is naked save for a cloak draped over his left shoulder. Marsyas,...

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Provenance

By 1908: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 104: Brought from Athens, 1908, and said by the dealer, a trustworthy man, to be from Lesbos.); November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Roman(?), Imperial Period (or Modern?), about 1st century A.D.(?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 104 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number

23.600

Medium or Technique

Agate

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems