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Oval gem with striding lion

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Yellow jasper. Intaglio. Very slightly convex front; set in modern gold ring. Lion striding left with frontal head. Left front leg steps forward. The musculature, coat, and mane are modeled in great detail. The lion stands on a ground line that varies in depth. The inscription in the...

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Inscription

ΥΠΕΡΕΧΙΟΥ

Provenance

According to J. D. Beazley, Lewes House Gems, no. 115: said to have been found in Macedonia in a porus sarcophagus. Bought from Rhousopoulos in 1897 (Rhousopoulos had known it for twenty years and before it was mounted;.....and had made many efforts to buy it. The owner....lived at Salonica.); 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, 2nd–early 3rd century

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 115 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.589

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems