Gem with infant Herakles wrestling snakes

Greco-Roman
Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.742

Medium or Technique

Sard/Carnelian or glass?

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Red carnelian or glass?. Oval intaglio with flat front. Infant Herakles wrestling with two snakes. Groundline. Some scratches and abrasions.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to hs records: bought in Athens); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 40.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912