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Oval gem with the head of Sirius (the Dog Star)

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Strongly convex intaglio in gold setting with ring. Sirius. Head and shoulders of a dog frontal. Around the body, a collar inscribed with artist's signature in Greek ["Gaios epoiei"].

Provenance

By date unknown in the 18th century: Lord Chesterfield Collection; then in Lord Bessborough Collection; acquired from Lord Bessborough's Collection by George, 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow Collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; by 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 270); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 69.26); 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

Roman, Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 114 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Overall: 2.1 x 1.5 cm (13/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.734

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems