Gem with mouse

Roman
Early Roman Imperial
1st century AD


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

69.1212

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Mouse leaping to left over partial groundline. Mice are popular themes on Roman gems. Ancient authors wrote about mice as animals that were tremendously fertile, resourceful, and potentially harmful to human endeavors.

Red jasper. Oval intaglio with slightly convex front and beveled edge. Scratched surface.

Provenance

By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut