Oval gem with Perseus holding head of Medusa

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

02.278

Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Light brown glass. Intaglio. Perseus, facing left, bends forward and holds the head of Medusa in his left hand and a sword in the right. He steps on an orb/circle/rock with his left foot. He wears a chlamys tied at the neck that flows down his back. Across his forehead, a series of three pellets to indicate hair. Head of Medusa shows frontal, with flat, wide nose.

Provenance

By date unknown: C. Wissmann Collection (according to MFA archival card: from the Buffum Collection); gift of Miss C. Wissmann to MFA, April 1, 1902

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann