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Oval gem with youth leaning on pillar

Intaglio. Highly convex; elongated oval shape. A nude youth standing and leaning on a pillar with his right elbow. He crosses his right leg over left knee/shin with weight on his left leg. He holds his unnaturally long left arm away from his body. No facial details are rendered, in contrast to...

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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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd–2nd century B.C.

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems