Oval gem with Hermes standing by a column

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century


Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.375

Medium or Technique

Plasma

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex front and back with short inward front bezel and very rounded inward back bezel. Mercury stands to left, with bent right knee. His head is in profile and his body is in three-quarter view. He wears a wide-brimmed hat (petasus) and holds his special wand (caduceus), a staff with two snakes twining around it, behind his back with his left hand; his right arm is outstretched and holds an object, perhaps a ram’s head, over a short column. Mercury stands on a ground line.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane