Dexamenos

The master Dexamenos, of Chios, signs four gems, and others can be assigned to him for their style and command of detail, sometimes engraved by hand and not by the cutting wheel. He worked in the third quarter of the 5th century, and seems to have had a fondness for mottled jaspers for his work.

Red and yellow mottled jasper scaraboid from Kara, Attica

Red and yellow mottled jasper scaraboid from Kara, Attica. The portrait head of a man. Signed Dexamenos epoiei.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, from Kara, Attica. 220mm. GGFR no. 466

Sapphirine scaraboid

Sapphirine scaraboid. A seated woman attended by her maid with a mirror and wreath. Inscribed with a woman’s name (Mikes) and the engraver’s (Dexamenos).

Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum. 21mm. GGFR no. 467

Blue chalcedony scaraboid, from Kerch (Crimea)

Blue chalcedony scaraboid, from Kerch (Crimea). A flying heron. Signed Dexamenos epoie Chios.

St. Petersburg. 20mm. GGFR no. 468.

Mottled jasper scaraboid, from Phanagoria (Taman Peninsula)

Mottled jasper scaraboid, from Phanagoria (Taman Peninsula). A heron preening and catching a locust with his foot. Signed Dexamenos.

St. Petersburg. 20mm. GGFR no. 469.as