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Shell-cameo with the death of Meleager

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White on violet; set in a gold mount as a pendant; twenty-seven figures; the "Death of Meleager".


Once part of the gem collection of Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel (1585-1646); Marlborough Gem Sale, June 26-29, 1899, lot 325. by 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Italian, Renaissance, 16th century


Overall: 2.3 x 3.4 x 0.6 cm (7/8 x 1 5/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems