Oval gem with centaur

Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Length x width: 9 x 6 mm (3/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Flat on both sides, with an inward back facet. A centaur holding a trident over his right shoulder, walks to the left. In his left hand he holds a rectangular object. He has an archaizing hair style, with a long braid sticking out from the back of his head. His chin and nose are rendered by long, straight lines, giving him a bird-like appearance. Possibly wearing a hat with a small brim.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way