Oval gem with Venus Victrix

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.359

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Slight convex front, flat back with inward back bezel. Venus, seen in three-quarter view from the back, leans on a pillar with her right elbow. She wears a diadem, with her hair pulled back into a bun. She is draped only around her legs; her back is bare. A spear, either in the crook of her elbow or leaning transversely in front of Venus. She gazes down at the crested helmet she holds in her left hand; the helmet has two ribbons or ties fluttering off of it. At bottom left, a shield. Slight chip at bottom, around feet and shield. Very schematic.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane