Cameo with a portrait of a beardless man

Roman
Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Overall: 1.6 x 2 cm (5/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.753

Medium or Technique

Onyx

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912