Oval gem with grasshopper, cornucopia, and two ears of wheat

Roman
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.363

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Milky orange-white chalcedony. Intaglio. Flat front, very slightly convex back with inward back bezel. A grasshopper sits in profile, facing left, below a cornucopia and two ears of wheat. His wings are lifted slightly above his bulbous abdomen. The depiction is realistic but lacks detail.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane