Oval gem with grotesque figure playing a lyre

Roman
Republican Period
3rd–1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

09.12

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. A bearded grotesque figure, with a large belly, large phallus, emaciated legs, and large feet walks to the left. He holds a lyre, pressed against the crook of his right arm and strums it with both hands.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, January 14, 1909

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren