Oval gem with youth (Apollo?) leaning on pillar

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


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7596

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

‘Nicolo’ brown, blue, and black layers. Intaglio. Flat front and back with outward front bezel. A nude youth, possibly Apollo, leans on a pillar with his right elbow, and stands with weight on right leg, left leg slightly bent. He holds a branch in his left hand and rests his right hand on his hip. Body in three-quarter view; head in profile. His hair is tied back into a ponytail; he wears a fillet that hangs down his neck, and a there is a row of curls along his brow. He has a large nose and chin.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution