Intaglio with grasshopper on stalk
Legacy dimension: W. 0.9 cm H. 0.6 cm Thickness: 0.25 cm
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Grasshopper perched on stalk of grain to left. Grasshoppers are often found on small, sometimes comic, intaglios from the Roman period. Their significance is unclear. However grasshoppers and cicadas are featured in ancient literature, particularly in Aesop’s fables and Aristotle’s treatises
Scratched; small chip missing near ear of grain. Red with dark veins carnelian (?) oval intaglio with flat front and beveled edge.
By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift of Burton Y. Berry to MFA, May 9, 1973
Gift of Burton Y. Berry