Cameo with Mercury

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century


Dimensions

Length: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.755

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

Oval sardonyx cameo in three layers: pale brown over white over brown. Mercury standing with head in profile to left and body in three-quarter view. He wears a chlamys and petasos, and holds a caduceus in his right hand and purse (?) in left. Ground line and raised border. Left foot and ground line damaged.

Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 274 (said to have been found in Syria); by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund