Rectangular gem with head of youth
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.
Findspot: Egypt, Tell Dafana
Length x width: 9 x 8 mm (3/8 x 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Rectangular with rounded corners. Flat on both sides with slight inward back facet. Head of a male youth in profile to the left. He has a sharp nose, pointy chin, and deeply cut lines for bottom of nose and lips. Long curls hang along forehead and back of the neck. He is wearing a fillet. Parallel curved lines on crown of head to indicate locks of hair.
Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887.
Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription