Oval gem with bust of a satyr

Roman
Imperial Period
1st half of 1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

09.535

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back with outward front bezel. Head of a satyr facing left. He has two short horns, placed very closely together, emerging from the front of his head. Each horn is indicated by three rounded pellets. He has an abnormally thin, long, pointed ear. Along his neck there are three faintly modeled wrinkles (?) and emerging from the back of his neck, a string of pellets.

Provenance

By date unknown: purchased in Cyrene by Richard Norton; purchased by MFA, Special Classical Fund, December 29, 1909

Credit Line

Special Classical Fund