Oval gem with chi-rho-tau monogram

Roman
Early Christian Period
3rd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length x width x depth: .7 x .5 x .4 cm (1/4 x 3/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

62.1155

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Light orange carnelian. Flat front and back surfaces with inward front bezel. Oval gem with the chi-rho-tau monogram combined with additional horizontal line bisecting the chi. Edges chipped along the back surface.

Provenance

By 1961: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought from Bob Hecht Nov. '61); 1962: inherited by Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman; December 12, 1962: one of the group of 20 gems (62.1145–62.1164) purchased by MFA from Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman for a total price of $ 2,200-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour