Cameo with head of Medusa
Late Republican or Early Augustan Period
1st century B.C.
Length: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Ivory over grey banded agate cameo fragment. Head of Medusa in profile to right. Head bent down with snake and wing at temple. Rows of curls along the hairline, falling down the nape, and below the cut at the neck. Profile damaged and filed down.
By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 280 (said to have been found at Pergamon); by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund