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Oval gem with sphinx

Golden yellow-brown glass with central white stripe. Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Sphinx facing left and has incurved wing tips. Raises front, right paw. Motif situated on partial ground line.


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


Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems