Rectangular gem with dancing satyr

Roman
Republican Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 43 mm (1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.745

Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Dark purple glass. Intaglio. Rectangular with bezeled sides, broken at top and bottom; bubbles and holes throughout surface. The satyr moves to the left. His head is thrown back sharply, in a manner that over-extends the neck and thrusts the chin upwards. His right leg is bent back and very shallowly carved. He holds a staff (thyrsus) in his extended left arm; and a panther pelt is draped over his right arm. Very finely modeled.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (Warren's records do not show any provenance); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940).

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund