Oval gem with head of man as rooster

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


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7544

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Head of a man with characteristics of a chicken, in profile to left. He has sharp, pointed, beak-like nose. He is mostly bald except for sparse locks of hair on the back and sides of his head and a ridge of spiky feathers down the center of head, similar to the coxcomb of a rooster. He has a long face with a goatee, and prominent jaw from which extends a long, round wattle of a chicken.

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