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


Ancient pieces of jewelry in their original settings are rare. This particularly fine work consists of a red jasper intaglio mounted in an oval gold box, to which are attached settings for pearls and glass inlays. The intaglio, depicting a hunter on horseback thrusting his spear at a boar, is of superlative quality. The two hooks on the reverse of the mount suggest that the object served as a clasp, possibly for a necklace or a diadem.