Oval gem with three animal heads
Late Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900