Intaglio with grasshopper on stalk

Roman
Roman Imperial
1–200 AD


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: W. 0.9 cm H. 0.6 cm Thickness: 0.25 cm

Accession Number

1973.273

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Grasshopper perched on stalk of grain to left. Grasshoppers are often found on small, sometimes comic, intaglios from the Roman period. Their significance is unclear. However grasshoppers and cicadas are featured in ancient literature, particularly in Aesop’s fables and Aristotle’s treatises

Scratched; small chip missing near ear of grain. Red with dark veins carnelian (?) oval intaglio with flat front and beveled edge.

Provenance

By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift of Burton Y. Berry to MFA, May 9, 1973

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry