Oval gem with Hygeia feeding a serpent

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length x width: 12 x 8 mm (1/2 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

62.1157

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Red-orange carnelian. Intaglio. Convex front and slightly convex back with inward back bezel. Hygeia stands facing an altar at the right. The altar is about as high as her knee and has three tiny flames. A serpent is coiled around her, which she feeds from a patera (offering dish). Her drapery is belted and falls down in straight, narrow folds, and a himation is wrapped around her hips. She stands on a ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Sent by Tuba - from Istanbul. Yeni Istanbul.); 1962: inherited by Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman; December 12, 1962: one of the group of 20 gems (62.1145–62.1164) purchased by MFA from Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman for a total price of $ 2,200-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour