Oval gem with bust of Artemis

Roman (?)
Late Repub or Early Imper Period (or Modern?)
1st century B.C. (?)


Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Black jasper. Intalgio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Bust of Artemis facing right. She has a mass of curls along her face that flow down her neck. She wears a thin fillet. At the back of her head, 3 bumps of hair and a mess of curls. Behind her right shoulder, a quiver of arrows, with three arrows with feather ends visible. In front of her face, a bow that she msut be holding in her unseen hand. A small crescent moon atop head.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought from Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution