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Gem with rider on horseback, perhaps at altar

Bluish-gray chalcedony with large, dark gray patches on the back. Oval intaglio with two flanges. Slightly convex front and back surfaces. A man rides a horse in profile to left. He is large in scale in comparison to the horse. He wears a tall cap with a brim and the tails of a fillet trailing...

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By date unknown: with Bernheimer's Antique Arts, 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass. 02138; purchased by MFA from Bernheimer's Antique Arts, January 13, 1965

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund

Near Eastern, Persian, Sasanian, Sasanian, A.D. 300 or later


Length x width: 34.7 x 25.7 mm (1 3/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems