Rectangular gem with dancing satyr

Republican Period
1st century B.C.


Length: 43 mm (1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Dark purple glass. Intaglio. Rectangular with bezeled sides, broken at top and bottom; bubbles and holes throughout surface. The satyr moves to the left. His head is thrown back sharply, in a manner that over-extends the neck and thrusts the chin upwards. His right leg is bent back and very shallowly carved. He holds a staff (thyrsus) in his extended left arm; and a panther pelt is draped over his right arm. Very finely modeled.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (Warren's records do not show any provenance); 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