Oval gem with two figures

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.345

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Slightly convex front, flat back. At left, a seated figure (possibly Athena?) leans right arm on back of chair; torso in three-quarters view and head in profile. Holds an unidentifiable object in left hand. At right, a figure standing contrapposto holds a wreath in right hand, as if to place it on the head of the seated figure. In left hand holds a caduceus or torch. Very schematically rendered.

Provenance

By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane