Oval gem with standing, armed soldier

Roman
Imperial Period
Late 1st– 2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 16.26 x 12.45 mm (5/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

64.492

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Blue jasper. Intaglio. Flat front and back surfaces. A soldier stands on a ground line with shield and spear, facing forward. He wears a short-sleeved tunic under a cuirass and pteruges but apparently no helmet. His calf muscles are well-defined. His weight is placed on his right side. He rests his right hand upon a shield and holds a tall spear in his left hand. Mounted in a modern gold ring setting.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Bernheimers' Antique Arts, 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; purchased by MFA from Bernheimers' Antique Arts, April 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour