Round gem with head of Isis

Greek
Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 7 x 6 mm (1/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.851

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat on both sides, with slight inward facet on back. Female head facing right, wearing a headdress shaped like a lotus blossom. Braids or ends of the headdress hang down the back of her neck. The hair on the crown of her head is indicated by a series of straight lines that run perpendicular to the line of the headdress band. She has a long nose with a bump at the end.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way