Gems and Jewelry from the Ancient Mediterranean

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
This gallery is closed in anticipation of an ambitious and exciting transformation of the George D. and Margo Behrakis Wing for Art of the Ancient World. Scheduled to open in Spring 2021, four galleries on Level 2 of the Wing will provide visitors with a grand entry to the MFA’s renowned collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art—one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. Many of the featured works are among the oldest in the collection, yet they will tell new stories, reflecting our time through the art of the past. With innovative new displays, visitors of all ages can understand the legacy of an ancient way of life and how it resonates today.

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.