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Intaglio with a Warrior Holding a Helmet Set in a Ring
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Intaglio with a Warrior Holding a Helmet Set in a Ring


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Description This intaglio depicts a warrior, possibly Ajax or Achilles, seated on a cloth with one leg outstretched. He rests his elbow on his knee and looks at a crested helmet in his left hand. A segmented border runs around the outer edge. This gem may be an 18th century imitation of a 5th century BCE Etruscan gem.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/29/1960Examinationother
4/13/1970Treatmentcleaned
Provenance George Spencer, fourth Duke Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, by 1817, by purchase [Marlborough no. 333]; George Spencer-Churchill, fifth Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 1817, by bequest; George Spencer-Churchill, sixth Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 1840, by bequest; John Spencer-Churchill, seventh Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 1857, by bequest; Sale, The Marlborough Gems, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 28 June 1875, p. 53, lot 333; David Bromilow, Bitteswell Hall, Leicestershire, ca. 1875, by purchase; Julia Bromilow Jary, Bitteswell Hall, Leicestershire, 1898, by bequest; Sale, The Marlborough Gems Purchased by the Late David Bromilow, esq., Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 26 June 1899, p. 61, lot 333; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1899, by purchase [Dikran Kelekian as agent]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by bequest; Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York, 1941, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. N5143a]; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942

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Period
5th century BCE or 18th century (Late Archaic-Classical or modern)
Medium
carnelian; mount: gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.855
Measurements
H: 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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