Oval gem with young warrior seizing fallen enemy

Roman
Republican Period
mid 1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.4965

Medium or Technique

Glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back. A nude warrior, possibly Achilles, seizes a fallen warrior by the head. Achilles wears a crested helmet and holds a round shield on his left arm. He takes a step to the right with this left leg, which is rendered in profile, while his other leg and torso are depicted frontally. He looks down at his opponent, who has fallen on his knees. The fallen warrior is also nude, and possibly bearded. His body is oriented to the left away from Achilles, but his head is turned back to the right. In the small space between the fallen warrior’s body and the ground line, a helmet sits on the ground. At the far left, a shield, and behind the pair, a spear and a column capped with an unidentifiable object.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome); 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Classical Art Special Fund