Oval gem with a youth with hoop and ladle

Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Brownish-orange carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. A nude youth standing in three-quarters view left is seen from the back. He has a hoop over his right shoulder and holds onto it with his right hand; in his left hand he holds a ladle. He has shoulder curly hair indicated by successive rows of pellets and a drilled pupil. Left foot rests on a small step or flat rock. Motif situated on a partial ground line. He might be an athlete or a servant at a banquet, or perhaps even Ganymede.


From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912