Oval gem with Tyche of Antioch

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

03.1007

Medium or Technique

Beryl

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Double-convex, set in modern gold ring. At left, Tyche sits atop a pile of rocks. She wears a long dress, and is completely covered with a mantle. She wears a mural crown and holds two sheaves of wheat in her left hand. With her right hand she leans on one of the rocks that form her seat. Before her, the torso of a young man, the river god, Orontes, has his arms apart, as if swimming away from her. In the space above the scene an inscription in two registers: A I, M A.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900