Oval gem with Aphrodite leaning on a pillar

Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Brown glass. Intaglio. Convex front, flat back. Aphrodite, half-nude and draped around the waist, stands facing right with head in profile, torso in frontal view, and lower body in three-quarter view. She leans on a pillar with her right elbow cushioned by an upsweep of drapery. Her right foot is drawn back and the form of the right leg is visible through the drapery. She holds a cluster of grapes in her left hand. There is a ground line. The line of the mount is evident around the bezel of the gem. Chipped along edges.


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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane