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Oval gem with centaur and meanad

Purple glass. Intaglio. Convex back. A centaur, galloping left, clutches a maenad around the waist with his left arm. In his raised left hand he holds a staff (thyrsus). His torso is seen from behind, horse body in profile, and he turns his head back to look at the maenad. The maenad, who is...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Rome); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Republican or Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

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Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems