Gem with Mars Gradivus

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd century


Dimensions

Length: 17.5 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.627

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

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.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Edward Jackson Holmes Collection