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Oval gem with Ganymede and eagle

Light brownish-yellow glass. Intaglio. Flat front and back with wide front outward bezel. A life-sized eagle grabs a naked youth in its talons. The boy throws his head and right arm back in a gesture of fear and surprise. He holds a short crook in his left hand.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems