Gems and Jewelry from the Ancient Mediterranean
This gallery is a veritable jewel box featuring more than 150 items of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan jewelry—earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, and wreaths—made of precious metals and stones. A dazzling gold standout is the renowned 4th-century BC earring depicting Nike, Greek goddess of victory, driving a chariot. The gallery also showcases more than 100 precious gems from the MFA's distinguished Greek and Roman collection, considered the best in the US. Highlights include cameos—gems carved in relief that were especially popular in the early Roman imperial period.
The renovation of this gallery was made possible with support from the Vance Wall Foundation.