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Amethyst Intaglio of Hermes and Herse
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Amethyst Intaglio of Hermes and Herse

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The Greek god Hermes, identified by his "caduceus" (staff) and winged helmet, is seated next to Herse, the beautiful daughter of King Cecrops of Athens. Although dating from the 18th century, this intaglio is inscribed in Greek with the name "Appollonides," an ancient gem engraver cited in Pliny's "Natural History."
Date Description Narrative
Provenance Collection of Prince Stanislas Poniatowski (1763-1833). Sale, Christie's, London, April 29-May 21, 1839, Lot 2409. Henry Walters, New York; inherited by Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931; purchased by Joseph Brummer, New York, 1941 (?); purchased by Walters Art Museum, 1942.
Inscriptions [Signature] ΑΠΟΛΛΟΝΙΔΟΥ; [Translation] Apollonides
Credit Museum purchase (formerly in the collection of Mrs. Henry Walters), 1942

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late 18th century
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 1 1/16 x W: 1 1/4 in. (2.7 x 3.2 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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