Oval gem with a man and a young satyr

Roman
Imperial Period
late 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.377

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

‘Nicolo’; white on brown. Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward front and back bezels. A standing man, clad in a mantle (himation) draped around his lower body and over one shoulder, holds out an enclosed vessel to a small satyr seated on a rock, who reaches out a hand. The heads of the figures are rendered detached from the bodies, so that the figures do not have necks. The motif is situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane