Oval gem with bust of Sabina

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 83–137


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

04.240

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Highly convex front, concave back; set in modern gold bezel. Bust of Sabina in profile to the right. She has a large nose with a bump along the ride and wears a corona. She has a fringe of curls along her forehead; behind the corona individual tresses are gathered into rows and then coiled into a large, bird’s nest-like bun coiled around the crown of her head.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1904: purchased for MFA from Edward Perry Warren by Francis Bartlett to be added to the "Bartlett Collection"; accessioned May 5, 1904

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900