Oval gem with Narcissus
1st century A.D.
Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Double convex. Narcissus standing frontal, leans on an altar with his left hand and holds a garment in his left. An Eros stands with legs apart atop the altar. At left, a tree winds up the side of the gem. At right, in front of the altar, a pair of spears lean against an unseen wall or support. In the background, over Narcissus’ left shoulder, a column with a small statue, possibly of Artemis.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution