Ring with oval gem with an athlete holding a scraper (strigil)

Republican Period
1st century B.C.


Length: 8 mm (5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, carnelian

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Gold ring with a gem carved with a nude athlete holding a strigil for scraping oil and dirt off his body.

Flat front; set in ancient gold ring round hoop and thickening shoulders. Nude youth, facing left. He holds the strigil in his left hand and steps forward with right foot. Torso in three-quarters view, head in profile. He has short, curly hair indicated by drilled holes. Motif situated on a partial ground line.


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Canosa.1899.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution