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Oval gem with grasshopper, cornucopia, and two ears of wheat

Milky orange-white chalcedony. Intaglio. Flat front, very slightly convex back with inward back bezel. A grasshopper sits in profile, facing left, below a cornucopia and two ears of wheat. His wings are lifted slightly above his bulbous abdomen. The depiction is realistic but lacks detail.

Provenance

By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane

Roman, Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.

Accession Number

18.363

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems