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Intaglio depicting Achilles and Penthesilea

Intaglio depicting Achilles and Penthesilea

Intaglio depicting Achilles and Penthesilea

Carnelian or sard, modern gold setting

H: 2; W: 2.4 cm

The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor

Accession number:

76.42.2433

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

Shortly after the burial of Hector, Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons, arrived with her warriors to fight the Achaeans. Penthesilea was killed by Achilles, who fell in love with her after her death.