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Oval gem with head of a satyr

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Brownish carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Very slightly convex front with flat back; inward back bezel and short inward front bezel. Profile bust of a satyr looking left. The satyr’s ear, which is that of a horse, is buried in his wavy, wild hair. He bears a smiling, mischievous...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 106: Bought from Rhousopoulos, who said it came from Asia Minor.); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, late 1st century B.C.–mid 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 106 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 0.3 x 1.4 x 0.9 cm (1/8 x 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.588

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems