Oval gem with shepherd and goat

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century


Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.364

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Yellow jasper mottled with white. Intaglio. Flat front with shallow inward bezel and very slightly convex back with inward bezel. A man stands in profile, facing left, leaning on a staff. He is garbed in a hairy animal skin that hangs down his back and is pulled far over his head. Before him an animal (possibly a goat) rears up on its hind legs next to a tree that arches over both figures. An object, perhaps a hare, hangs from the branches. 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