Gem with Diskobolos

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

01.7597

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

‘Nicolo,’ black with translucent, tan spots and blue surface. Intaglio. Flat on both sides with outward front bezel. Athlete, seen from the back, steps forward with right leg. He holds a discus in left hand, which he prepares to throw and holds his right hand against his chest. Motif situated on a partial ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution