Oval gem with a portrait bust of Lucius Verus

Roman
Imperial period
A.D. 161–169


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 122 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 0.6 x 1.5 x 1.8 cm (3/16 x 9/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.1219

Medium or Technique

Amethyst

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex back and slight convex front, in modern gold swivel setting (hoop missing). A portrait bust of the Roman emperor Lucius Verus (reigned AD 161-69), in profile to the left. He has thick curly hair and a long beard.

Provenance

By 1917: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 122: bought in England, 1917); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912