Ornament with Jupiter riding on the back of an eagle

Near Eastern
1st century B.C. or 1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Iran, Pakistan or Afghanistan


Height x width: 4.6 x 4.4 cm (1 13/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

This ornament, perhaps a strap end or costume decoration, is shaped like a heart on its side, the two lobes at left and a vertical projection at the narrow end on the right. Jupiter rides on the back of an eagle with outstretched wings, a thunderbolt in its claws. The figures are in low and high relief, foreshortened, some details slightly distorted to suit the unusual shape of the frame which is outlined by a fine bead and reel molding on the inner edge. The eagle’s feathers are indicated by chasing. There are nine small loops on the underside for attachment.


By date unknown: with André Emmerich, Inc., 41 East 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022 (from North Iran according to the bill of sale); October 15, 1980: purchased by MFA from André Emmerich, Inc.

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund and Frank B. Bemis Fund