Oval gem with bust of a warrior

Roman
Republican Period
1st–mid 1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Overall (as preserved): 0.4 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm (3/16 x 11/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.513

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Red-orange carnelian. Intaglio. Convex back and flat front with inward front bezel. Male bust in profile to the right, wearing a Corinthian helmet adorned with a laurel garland. A garment, probably a mantle or cloak, covers his shoulders. There is a chip in the top edge and backside of the gem.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Thomson to MFA, September 12. 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson