Oval gem with Poseidon-Neptune riding hippocamp

Roman
Late Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7571

Medium or Technique

Glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Brown glass with iridescent purple sheen on front. Intaglio. Flat front and back. Poseidon-Neptune rides sidesaddle to the left on a winged hippocamp, a composite animal with the front part of a horse and a fish-like coiled tail. Poseidon-Neptune is bearded and looks to the left; he wears a long robe, whose folds are indicated across his legs by shallow horizontal lines. He crosses his legs at the ankles and holds a trident in his left hand. Poseidon-Neptune sits on the back of the hippocamp so that the creature’s wing, which emerges from its shoulder, bisects and obscures the midsection of Poseidon-Neptune’s body. The hippocamp wears a bridle and Poseidon-Neptune holds the reigns in his unseen right hand.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution