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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.


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

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Gift of Alexander Cochrane

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

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems