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Oval gem with Philoctetes

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Intaglio. Slight convex front, flat back; set in modern ring. Philoctetes reclines in a cave, facing right, and fans his bandaged leg; he elevates his injured left leg, around which 4 large flies swarm. Behind him, at left, Odysseus wearing a pilos, sneaks up to the cave and reaches for the bow...

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From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; 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

Greek, Hellenistic Period, Late 3rd–early 2nd century B.C.


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems