Oval gem with Bonus Eventus

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

18.366

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

‘Nicolo,’ blue surface on translucent brown, and black, layers. Intaglio. Flat front with inward bezel and flat back with rounded edge. Bonus Eventus, a personification of “Good Outcome” or success, stands facing right with right leg drawn back; head in profile right, body in three-quarter view. The rendering of the nude body is doughy and without definition. The face consists of a series of three horizontal lines. A band around his head indicates a roll of hair. A sacrificial dish (patera) lies outstretched in his left hand and two ears of wheat are clasped by his side in his right hand.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane