Oval gem with bust of Julia Titi
late 1st century
Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Mint green with yellow spots. Intaglio. Convex front, flat back. Head of Julia Titi facing right, wearing a typical Flavian female hairstyle: curls piled high along the forehead indicated by a series of pellets, supported by a diadem; hair on crown is braided and coiled into a large bun; short curls along her neck. She wears a dangling bead earring and possibly a necklace, partially covered by her cloak.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: acquired from Rhousopoulos who said it was found in Crete); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund