Oval gem with a portrait of a beardless man

Early Imperial Period
late 1st century B.C.


Overall: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Red carnelian. Intaglio, set in modern gold ring. Portrait head of a beardless man, in profile to the left. He has fleshy cheeks and a weary expression. His hair, close-cropped and brushed forward over his forehead, is rendered in short strokes. The gem is inscribed “SOKLA,” which is perhaps an abbreviation of Soklaros. It is likely the name of either the engraver or the owner of the gem.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Athens); October 28, 1925: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 577.25); November 17, 1927: purchased for MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912