Oval gem with Dionysus, satyr,and panther

Roman
Late Republican Period
mid 1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7559

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Carved on convex side. The back of the stone is hollowed out. Dionysus is seated to the left, holding a thyrsus in his right hand, and pouring from a ewer or pitcher in his left hand. His right leg is bent and left leg extended. He wears a garment around his legs, which wraps around his left arm. At right, a youthful looking satyr, with large flat nose and tail. Between the satyr and Dionysus, a female panther is seated, looking up at the pitcher in Dionysus’ left hand and raising her right paw. Motif is situated on a ground line composed of two lines.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution