Oval gem with a woman holding a sword and standing next to a fire stand (thymiaterion)

Roman
Imperial Period
about 1st century


Dimensions

Length: 11.5 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.380

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Orange carnelian. Intaglio. Slightly convex front with inward front bezel, and convex back. A female figure, head in profile to the right, torso frontal, and lower body in three-quarter perspective, stands before a torch. She wears a long tunic (chiton) belted under her breasts and a mantle (himation) rolled around her hips. Her left arm is turned upwards at the elbow; her right hand holds out a short sword behind her. She is standing 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