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Oval gem with Prometheus bound to rock

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Intaglio. Flat front and very slight convex back. At left, Prometheus, bearded, stands with weight on right leg and left leg crossed over the right. Hands behind his back. He stands before a tall wall of rock. A bird, perched on the head of a small human figure, pecks at Prometheus' stomach. The...

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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, Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.


Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems