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Oval gem with mouse eating corn

Intaglio. Convex front, flat back; small chip on left edge. A mouse, perched on an ear of corn. The stalk of corn has two leaves, one on either side of central stalk; four pellets on each side of the ear, with wisps of corn silk and tops of corn husks indicated.


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

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Gift of Alexander Cochrane

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems