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Gem with Athena and Nike

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Athena (Nikephoros) is seated to the right on a backless throne. Nike on her left hand, shield surmounted by fulmen at her right side. Beyond Nike, a tall, slender candelabrum or incense-burner.

Provenance

1897: purchased in Italy by an anonymous collector; March 1964: purchased from an anonymous collector by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule (said to have been found at Paestum in Lucania); loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, July 14 1965 (loan no. 155.65); gift to MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 21, 2001, in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, about 50 B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2001.172

Medium or Technique

Sard Intaglio

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems