Oval gem with Herakles(?)
1st century B.C.
Length x width: 9 x 7 mm (3/8 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Orange with white striations. Intaglio. Convex oval with beveled edge. Motif is carved on the convex side, which has been flattened for the carving. A figure stands facing right; weight on his left leg, and right leg slightly bent, holding a branch or club in his left hand and an unidentifiable object in the right hand. Possibly wearing a headdress (or figure has long, shaggy, spiky hair).
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.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way