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Oval gem with a woman holding a bird

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Banded dark and light brown agate. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented vertically. Woman facing left, with pointy chin, standing with weight on right leg and left leg slightly bent, holds a bird in her extended right hand. She holds a small object (a jar or lyre?) in her...

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By 1926: with Edward Perry Warren; according to Warren's records: bought in London; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 141.26); 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

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 2nd–1st century B.C.


Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems