Oval gem with siren
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.
Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Convex front, flat back; straight bezel. Siren facing left. She has a bird’s wings, feel and tail, and human head torso, and arms. She has spiky hair that radiates from her head. She holds her left hand up to her breasts and her right hand towards her shoulder. Face is frontal, body in three-quarters view. Motif situated on a faint ground line.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution