Period: Early Imperial, Augustan or early Julio-Claudian
Date: late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Medium: Banded agate
Dimensions: H. 2 3/8 in. (6.0 cm)
diameter 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification: Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass Gift, in honor of Annette de la Renta, and Rogers Fund, 2001
Accession Number: 2001.253
In Hellenistic and Roman times, vessels made in semiprecious stone were much sought after as symbols of wealth and sophistication. They were used as diplomatic gifts or treasured as heirlooms, and many of them found their way into royal tombs or imperial collections, both in antiquity and later. Their rarity also encouraged imitations in both glass and pottery.