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Oval gem with Nereid riding hippocamp

Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel; half of gem lost. A Nereid (Thetis?) rides a hippocamp to the right. Only the horse part of the hippocamp is visible. Nereid is seated 'side-saddle' and leans on the neck of the hippocamp with her left hand. She wears a garment over her legs;...

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From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, 25–1 B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems