Oval gem with birth of Athena

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


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.234

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and convex back; set in modern ring. Zeus seated at right with Athena, fully grown and armed, emerging from his head. Zeus has a bare torso, and wears a garment around his legs. At left, another figure stands with his left leg resting on a rock(?) and holding a palm frond in his left hand. He has a mantle draped over his right harm. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912