Oval gem with Romulus and Remus

Republican Period
1st century B.C.


Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Light blue glass. Intalgio with flat face. A wolf, the Lupa Romana, facing left, suckles two infants - the twins Romulus and Remus - who face each other. The scene is situated under a grapevine with three large bunches of grapes. At right, a much larger standing male figure, the shepherd Faustulus, leaning with both hands on a staff, watches the scene. He wears a short dress, a cloak and ankle-high boots; weight on his left leg and right leg slightly bent.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Rome); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund