Oval gem with grasshopper, cornucopia, and two ears of wheat
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.
Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918
Gift of Alexander Cochrane