Jasper intaglio in a gold mount set with pearls and glass

Period: Mid-Imperial, Antonine or Severan

Date: 2nd–3rd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Gold, jasper, pearl, glass

Dimensions: H. 3.00 cm.

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.230.2

Description

The intaglio, depicting a horseman spearing a boar, is of superlative quality. The two hooks on the reverse suggest that this object served as a clasp, possibly for a necklace or for a diadem worn around the head.

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