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Oval gem with head of Herakles

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Intaglio. Set in modern gold setting. Head of Herakles, facing left, wearing lion skin tied around his neck. The mouth of the lion is set back from his forehead, revealing two rows of tight curls. He has a large eye, a long, straight nose with a bump at the tip, and large nostrils.


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 294 (said to have been found on the Isthmus of Suez); 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

Greek or Roman, Hellenistic or Republican Period, 2nd–1st century B.C.


Length: 43 mm (1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems