Engraved Gem inset into a Hollow Ring

Unknown3rd - 2nd century B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A nude youth leaning on a staff bends over to feed his dog on this Italic ring. The engraved carnelian gem is set into a hollow gold ring. The motif of a youth and his dog begins in the fifth century B.C. and is found on both Archaic Greek gems and Etruscan scarabs. The use of the motif on this gem, as the well as the style of the figure, is Archaistic or intentionally old-fashioned. The hatched border surrounding the scene and the use of small, drilled holes for details are typical for Italic gems of this period. The shape of the ring itself is also typical.

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  • Title: Engraved Gem inset into a Hollow Ring
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 3rd - 2nd century B.C.
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.3 cm (11/16 x 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gold; carnelian
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Gem
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.AN.165
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 209, Men in Antiquity
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Italic
  • Classification: Jewelry