Oval gem with head of Diadoumenos in profile to the left

Roman
Late Republican to Early Imperial Period
mid 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length x width: 16 x 14 mm (5/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

62.1151

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Light brownish carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Flat front and back faces. The head of a male youth faces in profile to the left. His curly hair, indicated by small clumps, is arranged in rows and is bound by a fillet. The carving of the details is very crisp and the surface is highly polished. The figure on this gem is a version of the Diadoumenos, or “diadem bearer,” a sculpture originally cast in bronze by the Greek artist Polykleitos around 430 B.C. The sculpture was popularly copied and became well-known in other media such as gems.

Provenance

By 1961: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought by Tuba from Petro - Istanbul. June '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