Oval gem with Asclepius and Hygeia

Imperial Period
late 1st–2nd century A.D.


Length x width: 11 x 9 mm (7/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Honey-colored carnelian with a red vertical band. Intaglio. Slightly convex front surface and convex back surface with a small flat facet in the center. Asclepius stands on the right, leaning on a serpent-entwined staff and facing Hygeia. His upper body is unclothed and his lower body is covered by a garment wrapped around his waist. Hygeia stands on the left, facing her father. She wears long drapery which falls in pleats. Both figures stand on a ground line. There is a small chip on the right edge of the gem.


By 1962: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bob Hecht - sent from Rome. July 12 '62. Bought.); 1962: inherited by Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman; December 12, 1962: one of the group of 20 gems (62.1145–62.1164) purchased by MFA from Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman for a total price of $ 2,200-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour