Oval gem with bust of a divinity, probably Apollo, crowned with laurel in profile to the left

Late Republican to Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C. to 1st century A.D.


Length x width: 13 x 11 mm (1/2 x 7/16 in.)

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Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Honey-colored carnelian with two white lines on the back. Intaglio. Flat front and back faces with inward back bezel. The bust of a youthful divinity faces in profile to the left. He wears a laurel wreath, and is probably Apollo. The gem carver depicted his hair in two distinct styles: in a series of straight lines across the top of his head, and in loose, medium-length curls which fall below the wreath. The curls are not rigidly uniform in shape and length but rather fall organically down to the middle of the god’s neck. A cloak is visible around his neck, rendered by three lines. The god has a deep-set eye, a relatively straight nose with curled nostril, and fleshy lips.


By 1961: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought by Tuba from Petro - Istanbul. June '61.); 1962: inherited by Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman; December 12, 1962: one of the group of 20 gems (62.1145–62.1164) purchased by MFA from Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman for a total price of $ 2,200-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour