Gem with helmet and tortoise

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century


Dimensions

Length x width: 13 x 10 mm (1/2 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

52.530

Medium or Technique

Nicolo

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Nicolo. Oval gem with flat front and tall beveled edge. Corinthian helmet with human features and crest as a long-tailed bird. Below, a tortoise in profile to left.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. Charles B. Perkins Collection; gift of Mrs. Charles B. Perkins to MFA, May 15, 1952

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Perkins