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Ring with donkey

Intaglio. Ring with leaf-shaped bezel. Motif oriented horizontally. Old and emaciated donkey, facing left. Donkey has protruding ribs and vertebrae; thinning mane, and wound on neck.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry. Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 83: Bought in Sicily, 1901.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 132.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, 450–425 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 083 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number

27.701

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings