Oval gem with lion and goat

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.348

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Green jasper. Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Gem engraved on both front and back. Front side: a lion on a partial ground line, walks to the left with mouth open, tail up in air, and thick mane. Back side: a goat with front hooves up on a palm tree. Goat has short horns and a beard. The tree has only two fronts and fruit (dates) hanging off the tree on the opposite side from the goat.

Provenance

By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane