Oval gem with athlete

Roman
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

01.7589

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

‘Nicolo’ blue on black. Intaglio. Flat front and back; rounded edges. Nude youth standing in three-quarters view to the left, with face frontal, and very muscular physique. He reaches across body with left arm. Possibly holding a strigil in right hand. Rolled fringe of hair along forehead. Behind athlete, at right, a water jug and a palm frond. Motif situated on a partial ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution