Rectangular gem with double-flute player and female figure

Late Republican to Early Imperial Period
Second-half of the 1st century B.C.


Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Orangish-red carnelian. Intaglio. Rectangular gem with rounded edges. Flat front with very short inward front bezel and slightly convex back with inward back bezel. A male double-flute player sits on a rock or low altar by a tree; he leans forward with his feet tucked back. Behind him stands a female figure, looking over his shoulder, her left foot drawn back. Her left hand rests on her hip and she raises her right arm to grasp a tree branch. She wears a long tunic with a wrap around her shoulders. Both figures are wreathed. The motif is situated on a ground line.


By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

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Gift of Alexander Cochrane