Intaglio, mid 2nd–early 3rd century a.d.; Antonine or Severan
Jasper, gold mount set with pearls and glass; H. 1 1/8 in. (3 cm)
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994 (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.