Jasper intaglio in a gold mount set with pearls and glass
Mid-Imperial, Antonine or Severan
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Gold, jasper, pearl, glass
H. 3.00 cm.
Gold and Silver
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
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.
Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 1995. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1994-1995." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 53(2): p. 18.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1995. "One Hundred Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 125: p. 16.