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Oval gem with Theseus examining his father's sword

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Red carnelian. Intaglio. Slightly convex front, convex back; set in modern mount. Theseus is depicted nude, in profile right. He stands with his weight on his right leg and his left leg is relaxed, with the knee slightly bent. He bends his head to study a sheathed sword clasped before him...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 300; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 60.26); 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, Imperial Period, late 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 107 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.731

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems