Two-sided plaque or pendant

Early Christian Period
about A.D. 350


Height: 2.6 cm. length: 2.7 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and niello

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Side A, hunting scene with a hunter on horseback attaching a boar; Side B, two cupids.
The figures and landscape are done in gold; the background and detail lines are inlaid with niello. The design is framed by gold beading, with the beading on top pierced as though for suspension.

Probably from Gaul or Northern Italy.


By date unknown: with Bank Leu and Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland (from a series of French collections, most recently that of C. Vaudecrane of Le Mans and before that of Julien Chappée, who died in 1957, also of Le Mans); March 8, 1972: purchased by MFA from Bank Leu and Co.

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund