Oval gem with head of a child

Roman
Late Republican or Imperial Period
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 18 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7570

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Milky white chalcedony. Intaglio. Double convex. Head of a child depicted fully frontal. Child has central nodus and braid, with two poufs of curly hair over the ears. Child has chubby cheeks; pupils indicated with incised line; round flat, nose and round mouth. Chipped at top, obscuring part of the child’s head.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution