Oval gem with Silenos holding a wineskin

Greek or Roman
Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Orange-red carnelian. Oval intaglio; flat front and slightly convex back; vertical wall tapering inward. Silenos, bald, bearded and wearing an animal skin, sitting in profile to right. He holds the opening of a full wineskin with his right hand and steadies the container with his left. Uneven groundline. Cable border. Chipped at left.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Morrison sale 123 = Furtwängler, Gemmen xxv.1. Furtwängler "speaks of it as in Tyszkiewicz possession. It belonged to a series bought by Mr. Morrison from Castellani, & a cast of the stone [identified by the crack] was given me long ago by A. Martinetti as from a gem once in his brother's [F. Martinetti's] possession."); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution