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Oval gem with an erotic scene

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. A woman, seated on a cushioned bed, has intercourse with a male partner. Her face and legs are seen in profile, while her torso is twisted toward the viewer in a viewpoint somewhere between three-quarters and frontal. The...

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By date unknown: with W. T. Ready (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 60, Ready wrote: "The stone was bought at Damanhour, and the man from whom it was bought said that it was found at the same place a few days before my client's visit there. ."); date unknown: sold by W. T. Ready to Edward Perry Warren; November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Greek, Late Classical Period, late 5th–early 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 060 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 29.85 mm, 1.1 x 2.4 cm (1 3/16 x 7/16 x 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems