Oval gem with head of Apollo

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


Dimensions

Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.364

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Convex front, flat back. Head of Apollo in profile to the right. He has long, curly hair that flows down his back and a topknot. He wears a fillet that separates the curls along his face from the crown of his head. Chipped at the bottom.

Provenance

By date unknown; with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records the gem was found in a vineyard between Anzio and Nettuno; dates unknown: with the Sindaco of Anzio, purchased from the Sindaco by Helbig who in turn sold it to Edward Perry Warren); 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