Oval gem with bust of wreathed Apollo

Late Republican—early Imperial Period
late 1st century B.C.—1st century A.D.


Length: 13.3 x 10 mm (1/2 x 3/8 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Banded agate with two brown outermost layers and inner gray layer. Intaglio. Convex front and flat back surfaces. Bust of Apollo in profile to left. He wears a laurel wreath atop his head, which is covered in luxurious curling locks that fall down to the nape of his neck. His shoulders are covered by a cloak. To the left is a sprig of laurel. To the right is a monogram. There is a very slight chip on the lower back edge.


By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

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Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut