Oval gem with sow
Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund