Oval gem with a portrait of a middle-aged man
early 2nd century A.D.
Lewes House Gems, no. 118 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
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.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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.
G N T S
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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912