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Oval gem with Omphale

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Intaglio. Convex front, flat back; set in modern bezel. Omphale standing left, on a partial ground line. She holds the club of Herakles over her right shoulders, and has a lion skin draped around her shoulders like a shawl. Head of the lion skin falls at her mid-back; all four paws hand down...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: from the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911); January 2, 1913: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, 50–1 B.C.


Length: 24 mm (15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems