Oval gem with standing Jupiter

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd century


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.376

Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back, with very short inward front bezel and deeper inward back bezel. Jupiter, nude except for a short cloak (chlamys), stands in contrapposto; his head in profile to the right, his body in three-quarter view. His right hand is upraised to grasp a scepter resting on the ground, while his left hand is outstretched to hold a sacrificial dish (patera). A bird, probably an eagle, sits on the ground before him. Both are located on 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