Oval gem with mouse eating corn

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.342

Medium or Technique

Agate

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex front, flat back; small chip on left edge. A mouse, perched on an ear of corn. The stalk of corn has two leaves, one on either side of central stalk; four pellets on each side of the ear, with wisps of corn silk and tops of corn husks indicated.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane