Oval gem with a portrait of a middle-aged man

Roman
Imperial Period
early 2nd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 118 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 x 1.5 x 1.7 cm (3/4 x 9/16 x 11/16 in.) Overall (cameo): 1.1 x 1.2 cm (7/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.1217

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Red carnelian. Intaglio. Slightly convex with flat back; mounted in a gold ring. The head of a middle-aged man, in profile to the left. The clothing on his right shoulder is indicated by a series of parallel lines to the front and back of his neck. Inscribed in retrograde (Latin letters, perhaps ancient): G N T S. The eye is chipped, and the top of the head is missing. There are also chips along the back edge of the gem.

Inscription

G N T S

Provenance

By 1916: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 118: bought in London, 1916); 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