Oval gem with lion

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century


Dimensions

Length: 9 mm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.2808

Medium or Technique

Agate

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

‘Nicolo’ agate, with very dark layers alternated with white, blue or grey layers. Intaglio. Flat on both sides, with slight outward front bezel. Lion, shallowly carved, walking left. Four horizontal lines indicating the mane; long nose and mouth articulated separately.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way