Oval gem with siren

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


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7576

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

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.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution