Round gem with Victory

Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

Findspot: Egypt, Tell Dafana


Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Flat on both sides with a very slight inward back bezel. Victory, on tip-toe facing left. Her wings, which emerge from her shoulders have very long end feathers that reach almost to the ground. She holds a wreath in her left and a scepter or branch, possibly meant to be a palm frond, in her right hand. Both the wreath and the branch are very faintly carved.


Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription