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Oval gem with Theseus pushing the rock to retrieve his father's sword and sandals

Three-layered sardonyx with a thin pale brown upper layer, thin gray middle layer, and thick dark brown bottom layer. Intaglio. Flat front and back surfaces with deep inward front bezel and very slight inward back bezel. The hero Theseus stands facing right on a ground line. He wears a crested...

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By 1961: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought - Bob Hecht - in Boston, Nov. '61); 1962: inherited by Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman; December 12, 1962: one of the group of 20 gems (62.1145–62.1164) purchased by MFA from Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman for a total price of $ 2,200-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Republican Period, about 100 B.C.


Length x width: 16 x 14 mm (5/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems