Round gem with composite being and cornucopiae
1st century B.C.
Length x width: 7 x 6 mm (1/4 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Very thin stone with two flat sides, and an inward back bezel. Head of a youth, facing left, wearing a fillet. An appendage, possibly an arm and shoulder, emerges awkwardly from the neck; the end of the appendage is a claw or pincer. At right, emerging from the back of the neck, a cornucopia.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way