Oval gem with herm

Roman
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

09.68

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. The top third of a herm, in profile to left. Bearded herm wears a fillet, and has hair pulled back into a low bun with a few loose strands hanging down his neck. The tenon that fastens the head to the shaft is clearly indicated by a circle.

Provenance

By date unknown: purchased by Richard Norton from Lawson (Smyrna); purchased by MFA, Special Classical Fund, February 9, 1909

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution