Oval gem with seated Bacchus and panther

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.379

Medium or Technique

Plasma

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex front and back with very short straight sides. A male figure (Bacchus) sits on a rock, half-draped by a mantle over his legs. His head is in profile to the left, his body is in three-quarter view. He leans on his left hand which is resting on the rock behind him; his right hand holds a staff (thyrsus). He wears a wreath. A panther sits at his feet. The panther and thyrsus are Bacchus’s most common attributes. His head is rendered detached from his body. There is a ground line.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane