Oval gem with sow

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


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.739

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat sides with inward, back bezel. Heavy sow with five teats, facing left. At far left, a tree with clusters of leaves that look like sheaves of wheat; trunk follows the line of the stone, over the sow. Motif situated on a curved ground line that connects to the trunk of the tree/branch.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Rome); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund