Oval gem with male portrait

Roman
Imperial Period
27 B.C.–68 A.D.


Dimensions

Overall (ring bezel): 1.6 x 1.3 cm (5/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

19.74

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Set in modern ring. Slightly convex front and back. Male portrait head facing right. The young-to-middle-aged man has a sharp nose and curly hair that falls down the back of his neck. The foremost locks of hair are combed to the side of his forehead. The latter two traits are characteristics of the Julio-Claudian period in Roman art.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. George G. Crocker Collection; gift of Mrs. George G. Crocker to MFA, March 20, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George G. Crocker