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Oval gem with "sandal-binder" Aphrodite

Banded white and brown onyx. Convex. Motif carved on convex side. Female figure, standing on left leg and raising right leg, bends forward and reaches down to her right foot/ankle with her left hand. In her extended right hand she holds a towel or piece of drapery that is thicker at the top and...

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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, 2nd–1st century B.C.

Accession Number

72.866

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems