Oval gem with Ganymede and eagle

Roman
Late Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7581

Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Light brownish-yellow glass. Intaglio. Flat front and back with wide front outward bezel. A life-sized eagle grabs a naked youth in its talons. The boy throws his head and right arm back in a gesture of fear and surprise. He holds a short crook in his left hand.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution