Sard, set in a gold ring depicting an athlete sprinkling sand on his thigh. After oiling his skin, the dusting of the body with sand was considered necessary for participants in combat sports because it made the skin less slippery.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 40: from Vulci; formerly in the possession of Campanari; later in the Evans collection); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912
Italic, Etruscan, Late Archaic Period, about 500–475 B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 040 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
13mm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Sard and gold, set in a gold ring