Oval gem with bust of Artemis

Roman (?)
Late Repub or Early Imper Period (or Modern?)
1st century B.C. (?)


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

01.7575

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Black jasper. Intalgio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Bust of Artemis facing right. She has a mass of curls along her face that flow down her neck. She wears a thin fillet. At the back of her head, 3 bumps of hair and a mess of curls. Behind her right shoulder, a quiver of arrows, with three arrows with feather ends visible. In front of her face, a bow that she msut be holding in her unseen hand. A small crescent moon atop head.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution