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Scaraboid gem with a statue of Athena (the Palladion)

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal) Motif oriented vertically. A statue of armed Athena (the Palladion), viewed frontally, holding shield in right hand, spear in raised left hand, wearing a chiton and himation, and triple-crested helmet. Locks of hair, each rendered by a line of...

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Provenance

By 1899-1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 57: bought in Naples, 1899-1900); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, 400–350 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 057 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.583

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids