Oval gem with athlete
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.
Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Flat front and back, with inward back bezel. A nude athlete standing in three-quarters and facing left. Weight on right leg; left leg slightly bent and looks down at his hands. He holds a strigil in one hand and prepares to scrape himself. At his feet, a water jug. Little detail in face and no visible hands; body and torso finely modeled. Motif situated on a ground line.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution