Rounded square gem with Apollo
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.
Length: 18 mm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Apollo, frontal, with head in profile to the left, leans on a pillar with his right hand; rests left hand on hip. He wears a garment around thighs with excess fabric draped over left arm. Apollo has a thick, fleshy torso; His hair is tied back in a bun and he wears a fillet. The pillar is decorated with a garland and ribbon, and a tripod (now lost due to a chip) is placed atop of it. At left, a tree with a serpent coiled around the trunk; next to tree, a raven perched on a stump (?). Motif situated on a ground line.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London, said from Asia Minor.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution