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153, Herakles, holding club, lionskin and drawn bow, looks away from the main group of Venus, dress around her legs, one foot raised on rocks, greeting Ares, naked but for helmet, shield, spear and sword. Behind him is Athena with helmet, shield and aegis, holding a cup over a small altar before her. Behind her an owl on a column. The shields are decorated with swags and a flat boss. Ground line.

  • Record Number: 40004638
  • Sub-database: Marlborough
  • Reference Number: 153
  • Period of Original Gem: 1st cent. AD
  • Material of Original Gem: Cornelian
  • Description: Herakles, holding club, lionskin and drawn bow, looks away from the main group of Venus, dress around her legs, one foot raised on rocks, greeting Ares, naked but for helmet, shield, spear and sword. Behind him is Athena with helmet, shield and aegis, holding a cup over a small altar before her. Behind her an owl on a column. The shields are decorated with swags and a flat boss. Ground line.
  • Last Recorded Collection: Walters Art Museum, Baltimore: 42.1223
  • Previous Collections:
    • Story-Maskelyne, M.H.: The Marlborough Gems (1870): no. 113
    • Boardman, J., Scarisbrick, D., Wagner C., Zwierlein-Diehl, E: The Marlborough Gems (2009): no. 153
  • Size: 19x11
  • Comments: Set in a modern gold ring.
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