Oval gem with a portrait bust of a young man
early 2nd century A.D.
Lewes House Gems, no. 121 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Overall: 0.3 x 1.2 x 1.6 cm (1/8 x 1/2 x 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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.
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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912