Oval gem with Ares killing giant

Late Republican Period
mid-1st century B.C.


Length: 25 mm (1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Light blue glass. Intaglio with flat sides and inward back bezel. Ares, with body represented frontally and head in profile, stands with his legs apart (his right leg hidden from view). He is nude, except for a cloak clasped around his neck, fluttering behind him, and a crested helmet. He holds a round shield out to the side with his right hand, and he pierces a giant with a spear in his left hand. The bearded giant, with thick, snake legs and a very thick, brawny physique, clutches his chest with his left hand where the spear pierces him; his right hand is raised over his head. Motif is situated on a ground line.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 79; 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund