Cameo with a portrait of a beardless man
Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Overall: 1.6 x 2 cm (5/8 x 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
White on black layered onyx. Cameo, set in modern gold ring. Portrait head of a beardless man, in profile to the right. He has a sharp nose and a receding chin and thin wavy-hair. The pupil in the eye is carved.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to MFA archival card: found at Arezzo with 27.752 and a coin of Claudius); October 28, 1925: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 557.25); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912