Gem with Mars Gradivus
Length: 17.5 mm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Burnt carnelian. Oval intaglio with flat front and back, and tall beveled edge. Mars Gradivus with helmet, cloth tied around the waist, and shackles (?) around the ankles, striding to left. He holds a spear in his left hand and a trophy over his right shoulder. At left and right of his legs, heart-shaped objects (?). Chipped at the top. White layer and cracks caused by fire.
By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; by date unknown: Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; 1965: bequest of Mrs. Edwin Jackson Holmes to MFA, recorded as Edward Jackson Holmes Collection, June 9, 1965.
Edward Jackson Holmes Collection