Intaglio with a lizard

Roman
Roman Imperial
100–300 AD


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

69.1211

Medium or Technique

Amethyst

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Lizard in motion. A lizard is often found on magical gems intended to heal ophthalmic ailments, although it is also associated with more general protective properties.

Amethyst, oval intaglio, faceted on the reverse. 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