Cameo with head of Medusa

Greco-Roman
Late Republican or Early Augustan Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in)

Accession Number

98.761

Medium or Technique

Agate

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund