Faceted gem with two quadrupeds

Sasanian or Modern
Sasanian or Modern
4th-5th century AD or early 19th century ?


Length x width: 9 x 7 mm (3/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Rock crystal. Flat base with rounded girdle; twelve facets on the crown. Two facets engraved in intaglio with quadrupeds (lion and goat?) facing left. Crude engraving. Chip missing near the girdle.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way