Oval gem with bust of a Flavian woman, perhaps Julia Titi

Roman
Flavian Period
Last quarter of 1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 14 x 10.41 mm (9/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.1521

Medium or Technique

Amethyst

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Amethyst. Intaglio. Convex front face and flat back face with inward back bezel. The bust of a woman faces left in profile. Her coiffure is very elaborate. Strands of hair are combed back into coils that form a large bun at the back of her head, and at the top of her head, she wears the distinctive high mound of curls that identifies her as a woman of the Flavian era. Her facial features are small and unremarkable. Her shoulders are draped. The woman is perhaps Julia Titi, daughter of the emperor Titus, based on resemblances to other identified gem portraits of her.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Euripides Sepheriades; purchased by MFA from Euripides Sepheriades, October 17, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour