Oval gem with standing Jupiter

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century


Dimensions

Length: 11.5 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.368

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Bleached carnelian (or sard). Intaglio. Very slightly convex front; rough back with inward back bezel. Jupiter, nude, stands in three-quarter view with head in profile to the left. His weight rests on his left leg. His left arm is raised to grasp a scepter resting on the ground; his right hand holds out a sacrificial dish (patera). An eagle sits in front of his feet. A mantle slung round his shoulders hangs down his back, and there is a wreath around his head. Very schematically rendered. 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