Oval gem with head of man

Roman
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.743

Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Blue core with brown and white bands on surface. Intaglio. Slightly convex with inward back bezel. Head of a man in profile to the right. He has short hair, and a receding hair line, and small, deeply-set eyes; no beard. Crack running across chin and lower part of face.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Rome); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund