Round gem with hunter, deer, and dog

Greek or Roman
Hellenistic or Republican Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 18 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.724

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Dark green jasper. Intaglio. Convex surface. Set in large modern(?) gold ring. A nude hunter on horseback, riding to left, holds reins in right hand and a short spear in his upraised left hand. A cloak is clasped around his neck and flies out behind him. He prepares to strike a deer, which has already been pierced by a spear. A dog pursues the deer and bites at its hind legs. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By about 1895: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought from Ravizzi at Orvieto about 1895); 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