Oval gem with head of bearded man (Zeus?)

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 11.1 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

09.536

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Head of a bearded man, possibly Zeus, in profile to the left. Nose and lip rendered by three parallel straight lines; figure has large eye. Sketchily rendered.

Provenance

By date unknown: purchased in Cyrene by Richard Norton; purchased by MFA, Special Classical Fund, December 29, 1909

Credit Line

Special Classical Fund