Oval gem with Jupiter seated on a throne

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

18.382

Medium or Technique

Plasma

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Plasma with bleached face. Intaglio. Convex front and flat back with inward back bezel and short inward front bezel. A bearded male figure (Jupiter) is seated on a throne, his head in profile to the right, his body in three-quarter perspective, and his left foot drawn back. His lower body is draped with a mantle (himation). His left hand holds out a dish for sacrifice (patera); his right hand is upraised to grasp a scepter resting on the ground. An eagle sits at his feet. The motif is situated 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