Oval gem with Amor holding a bow and quiver

Roman
Republican to Imperial Period
mid 1st century B.C.–mid 1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 9 mm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number

18.378

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Brownish red-orange carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Flat front with uneven inward bezel and rounded back with flattened bottom. A nude winged youth (Amor) stands in contrapposto in three-quarter view with head in profile to the right. He holds a bow in his right hand and a quiver of arrows is located in the field below his upraised left arm. The pectoral musculature is well-defined. He stands on a ground line. There is a chip off the top of the gem.

Provenance

By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane