6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
AN ETRUSCAN BANDED AGATE RING STONE
CIRCA 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
The flat oval stone engraved with Achilles mourning the death of Patroklos, the hero seated on a folding stool, wearing a helmet and a dotted himation around his legs and over his left arm, leaning forward, his right arm bent at the elbow and resting on his thigh, his sheathed sword projecting behind, enclosed within a hatched border
15/16 in. (2.3 cm.) long
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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For the same subject on two earlier Etruscan carnelian scarabs in the British Museum, one of which has an inscription identifying the hero, see nos. 816-817 in Richter, Engraved Gems of the Greeks and Etruscans.
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