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Round gem with dwarf killing grasshopper

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Intaglio. Flat front, convex back. A dwarf killing a large bug. The dwarf is bearded and emaciated and has a long phallus. He steps forward with his right leg and stand on one of the bug's antennae with his left foot. A large grasshopper or locust(?) is on its back with its head at the dwarf's...

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Provenance

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 Period, 1st century B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.239

Medium or Technique

Sard

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems