Oval gem with bust of Constantius II

Roman
Late Imperial Period
mid 4th century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7543

Medium or Technique

Sapphire

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Textiles

Intaglio. Convex front, flat back, with inward back bezel. Portrait bust of Constantius II facing left. He wears a diadem of a double row of pearls or beads. His hair is brushed forward under the diadem, creating a fringe of hair along the hairline; hair neatly gathered at the nape of the neck. He has a large eye with deep lower and upper lids, and a long, slightly pointed chin. He wears a robe under a cloak, fastened at his shoulder with a round pin.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: once Morrison Collection, sale, lot 205); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution