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Oval gem with sow

Intaglio. Flat sides with inward, back bezel. Heavy sow with five teats, facing left. At far left, a tree with clusters of leaves that look like sheaves of wheat; trunk follows the line of the stone, over the sow. Motif situated on a curved ground line that connects to the trunk of the tree/branch.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Rome); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems