Oval gem with youth (Apollo?) leaning on pillar

Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D.


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



‘Nicolo’ brown, blue, and black layers. Intaglio. Flat front and back with outward front bezel. A nude youth, possibly Apollo, leans on a pillar with his right elbow, and stands with weight on right leg, left leg slightly bent. He holds a branch in his left hand and rests his right hand on his hip. Body in three-quarter view; head in profile. His hair is tied back into a ponytail; he wears a fillet that hangs down his neck, and a there is a row of curls along his brow. He has a large nose and chin.


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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution