Oval gem with bust of Julia Titi

Roman
Imperial Period
late 1st century


Dimensions

Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.742

Medium or Technique

Beryl

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund