Oval gem with Prometheus bound to rock

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


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.238

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and very slight convex back. At left, Prometheus, bearded, stands with weight on right leg and left leg crossed over the right. Hands behind his back. He stands before a tall wall of rock. A bird, perched on the head of a small human figure, pecks at Prometheus’ stomach. The small human figure is only half the size of Prometheus and holds an unidentifiable object in his left hand. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912