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Oval gem with standing, armed soldier

Blue jasper. Intaglio. Flat front and back surfaces. A soldier stands on a ground line with shield and spear, facing forward. He wears a short-sleeved tunic under a cuirass and pteruges but apparently no helmet. His calf muscles are well-defined. His weight is placed on his right side. He rests...

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By date unknown: with Bernheimers' Antique Arts, 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; purchased by MFA from Bernheimers' Antique Arts, April 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, Late 1st– 2nd century A.D.


Length: 16.26 x 12.45 mm (5/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems