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Scaraboid gem with Diomedes carrying the Palladion

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Intaglio. Set in modern gold hoop. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Diomedes holding the Trojan Palladion in his left hand, and a short sword in his right, walks to the left. He wears a cloak on his right arm and has short hair. The Palladion, a small statue of...

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By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 58: From Cythera. Bought in 1898. Formerly in the possession of Rhousopoulos.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 57.26); 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, Classical Period, Early 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 058 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 28 mm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids