Ring with oval gem with Tyche / Fortuna and a kneeling man

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century


Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.367

Medium or Technique

Silver; jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Red jasper. Intalgio. Flat front; set in fragmentary ancient silver ring with flat hoop and thickening shoulders engraved with abstract design. A male figure kneels before a female figure seated on a stool who is commonly identified as Tyche or Fortuna; she is clad in a long tunic (chiton) and mantle slung around her hips and shoulders, and holds a cornucopia in her left arm. The male figure rests his left hand on his bent left knee and holds out his right hand to clasp Tyche/Fortuna’s right hand. He may be winged or wearing a short cloak. The motif is situated on a ground line. Gem and ring are gouged at the lower center edge.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane