Round gem with composite being and cornucopiae

Roman
Republican Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 7 x 6 mm (1/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.852

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Very thin stone with two flat sides, and an inward back bezel. Head of a youth, facing left, wearing a fillet. An appendage, possibly an arm and shoulder, emerges awkwardly from the neck; the end of the appendage is a claw or pincer. At right, emerging from the back of the neck, a cornucopia.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way