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Oval gem with Ares killing giant

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Light blue glass. Intaglio with flat sides and inward back bezel. Ares, with body represented frontally and head in profile, stands with his legs apart (his right leg hidden from view). He is nude, except for a cloak clasped around his neck, fluttering behind him, and a crested helmet. He holds...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 79; 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Late Republican Period, mid-1st century B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 25 mm (1 in.)

Accession Number

98.747

Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems