Oval gem with four-legged animal

Greek
Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

72.856

Medium or Technique

Agate

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Orange with white and brown striations. Intaglio. Convex oval with motif carved on the convex side. A four-legged animal with a short, spiky mane, walking to the left on a ground line. At upper right, there are a series of short lines, possibly meant to represent tree branches.

Provenance

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