Ring with oval gem with an athlete holding a scraper (strigil)

Roman
Republican Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 8 mm (5/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7606

Medium or Technique

Gold, carnelian

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Gold ring with a gem carved with a nude athlete holding a strigil for scraping oil and dirt off his body.

Flat front; set in ancient gold ring round hoop and thickening shoulders. Nude youth, facing left. He holds the strigil in his left hand and steps forward with right foot. Torso in three-quarters view, head in profile. He has short, curly hair indicated by drilled holes. Motif situated on a partial ground line.

Provenance

By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Canosa.1899.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution