Round gem with mounted warrior attacking a fallen warrior

Imperial Period
1st–2nd century


Length: 34 mm (1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Amber glass. Intaglio. Slightly convex face; set in modern mount. A cavalryman, mounted on a rearing horse moving to the right. Soldier wears a skirt made of two layers of leather lappets and a cloak clasped around his neck that flies out behind him. He raises his left hand, in which he appears to be holding a weapon. Beneath the rearing horse, a fallen soldier, nude, holds his shield up in his right arm to protect himself from attack. He kneels on his left knee, with his right leg extended straight, and falls back onto his left hand, in which he holds a short sword. Motif situated on a ground line.


Marlborough Gem Sale, June 26-29, 1899, lot 617.
by 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund