Oval gem with the head of a woman, possibly Livia in the guise of a goddess

Roman
Imperial Period
about 14–37


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

65.625

Medium or Technique

Amethyst

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Amethyst. Intaglio with a convex front and flat back; wall tapering inward; rounded girdle. Head of a woman in profile to left, wearing a tunic (stola), and palla high on the neck. Her hair is held up with a ribbon around her head and fastened in a loose bun at the nape, in the Greek goddess style. Three stars frame the head. Fine carving in classicizing style. Missing chip at the top.

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; by date unknown: Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; 1965: bequest of Mrs. Edwin Jackson Holmes to MFA, recorded as Edward Jackson Holmes Collection, June 9, 1965.

Credit Line

Edward Jackson Holmes Collection