Cameo with head of a veiled woman, possibly of the Imperial family

Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Overall: 1.7 x 1.9 x 1.2 cm (11/16 x 3/4 x 1/2 in.) Overall (gem): 1.3 x 1.6 cm (1/2 x 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Partially bleached, white-flecked red agate. Cameo, mounted in a modern gold setting as a pin. The head of a veiled woman in very high relief, see in three-quarter view. She wears a diadem, which indicates that she is most likely a member of the Imperial family. The stone has been broken into two pieces now held together by the modern setting. The bleaching was likely caused by fire.


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London, 1899.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund