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Intaglio of an Athlete
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Intaglio of an Athlete


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This gem is signed by Gnaios, a well-known gem-carver of the late 1st century BC. It depicts a famous Greek statue by one of the followers of the renowned sculptor Polykleitos, from the late 5th century BC.
Conservation

Examined in preparation for exhibition.

An impression was made of the intaglio for purposes of exhibition. The object was cleaned afterward.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Technical Reportother
9/06/1960Examinationother
10/11/1971Treatmentother
4/01/1983Treatmentcleaned; other
5/01/1984Treatmentcleaned; other
4/10/1990Loan Considerationexamined for loan
8/18/2015ExaminationExamined
10/20/2015TreatmentCleaned
Exhibitions
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
  • Polyklet: Der Bildhauer der griechischen Klassik. Staedtische Galerie Liebieghaus, Frankfurt am Main. 1990-1991.
  • Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2016.
Provenance Bessborough; Marlborough; Carmichael; Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1927; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Gnaios
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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Period
late 1st century BC (Republican)
Medium
garnet and gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.109
Measurements
Intaglio with gold setting H: 13/16 × W: 3/4 × D: 1/8 in. (2.1 × 1.9 × 0.3 cm); Ring H: 13/16 × W: 7/8 × D: 3/4 in. (2.1 × 2.2 × 1.9 cm)
Geography
  • Greece (Place of Discovery)

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