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Oval gem with the head of a Ptolemaic queen as Isis

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Intaglio. Motif is very deeply carved into the convex side of gem. Female head in profile, facing left, wearing stylized hairstyle: corkscrew curls hang down her neck and in front of her ears forming a double layer fringe along her forehead; half of the curls are gathered back into a bun. She wears...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 95: said by Froehner to have been found in Phoenicia; but Naoum Mitri of Rhodes told John Marshall in 1905 that he had sold it to Tyszkiewicz and had bought it from a peasant at Adana near Tarsos.); 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 292; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 52.26); 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, Hellenistic Period, mid 2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 095 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length x width: 33 x 26 mm (1 5/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

27.711

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems