Oval gem with a portrait bust of a young man

Roman
Imperial Period
early 2nd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 121 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 0.3 x 1.2 x 1.6 cm (1/8 x 1/2 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.591

Medium or Technique

Jasper

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Black jasper. Intaglio; flat front and back with inward back bezel and short inward front bezel. A portrait of a young man. His head is in profile to the left while his chest is in three-quarters view. His hair is combed forward over his forehead and he wears a light beard. The gem is inscribed in Greek: P.PAITINI and SEPTIKIAN, probably the owner’s name, P. Paetinius Septicianus.

Inscription

Π∙ΠΑΙΤΙΝΙ
ΣΕΠΤΙΚΙΑΝ

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 121: from the Morrison Collection [Morrison Sale Catalogue, pl. 2, no. 201]; formerly in the possession of Saulini at Rome); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912