Rectangular gem with Eros riding boar

Roman
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.346

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Eros, holding a trident, rides a shaggy boar, seated on a partial ground line. Eros is pudgy with short, stubby wings. A figure is seated in front of the boar, at left, whom the boar is sniffing or nuzzling. Very sketchily modeled. Line and dot border.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane