Oval gem with head of a man

Roman
Republican Period
mid 2nd–late 2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.367

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Head of a man in profile to the left. He is bald-headed with high forehead, prominent brow and fleshy lips. He has a straight nose, slight jowls, and a big ear emphasized by his closely cropped and thin hair.

Provenance

By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome, 1899.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund