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Amethyst Intaglio

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Oval shape with convex surface. Little mouse, running to left, holds a ring-shaped object in his front paws which is probably bread. Mice were frequently represented on Roman gems, often in natural poses such as this which showed Roman interest in the mundane.

Provenance

By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift of Burton Y. Berry to MFA, November 8, 1972

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry

Roman,

Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.955

Medium or Technique

Amethyst

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems