Oval gem with Prometheus bound to rock
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.
Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912