Gem with the Good Shepherd on one side and Hekate on the other

Roman
Late Imperial
250-400 A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

03.1010

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

The Good Shepherd stands frontally, looking to right, and holding a sheep on his shoulders. He wears a short, belted tunic, cape, and boots. Three sheep stand at his feet. Over groundline. On smallest face, three-bodied Hekate walking to left with poloi over the heads and clubs or branches in hands. Over groundline. Around the edge, Greek inscription H.OYPENIA.THEODOT. Small chip missing at left on large face. Red and yellow mottled jasper. Oval intaglio with flat front and back, and beveled edge; set in a modern swivel ring.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in London); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900