Round gem with the three Graces

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

03.1004

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. White stone with central brown circle. Convex front, flat back with slight inward back bezel. Motif situated in center of field with empty space. The three graces stand in a row. The central Grace, standing contrapposto, is seen from behind, and has either hand on the outer shoulder of each sister; she looks to the left. The outer Graces stand contrapposto and face front, and they both turn their heads to look at the central figure. The Grace on the left holds a laurel branch in her right hand and has a garment draped around her legs. The Grace on the right holds a piece of a garment with tasseled edges in her left hand. Motif situated on a partial ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (acording to his records: Bought in Rome [Helbig]); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900