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Round scaraboid gem with Achilles spearing Penthesileia

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Intaglio. Pierced (horizontally). Motif oriented vertically. Achilles, at the right, steps forward with his left leg onto Penthesileia's right ankle, and pierces her with a spear he holds in his right hand; he holds a round shield in his left hand. He wears a crested helmet and a cloak fastened...

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By 1917: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 31: from Cyprus; bought from Mrs. W. T. Ready in 1917); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 89.26); 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, Late Archaic Period, Early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 031 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids