Oval gem with athlete

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


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7587

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back, with inward back bezel. A nude athlete standing in three-quarters and facing left. Weight on right leg; left leg slightly bent and looks down at his hands. He holds a strigil in one hand and prepares to scrape himself. At his feet, a water jug. Little detail in face and no visible hands; body and torso finely modeled. Motif situated on a 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