Oval gem with the head of a woman, possibly Livia in the guise of a goddess
Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)
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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.
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.
Edward Jackson Holmes Collection