Oval gem with three animal heads

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


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.1014

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex front, flat back with inward back bezel. Three animal heads: horse head facing right; goat head facing left; boar’s head in foreground facing left. The horse head is shown with a bridle and a series of short vertical lines for its mane. The goat has tall, curved, twisted/ridged horns, and long sideburns. The boar has long snout and tusk. All heads shown in profile. Very cleanly carved and legible.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in London); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900