Oval gem with head of man

Roman
Republican Period
1st century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 101 (1920; 2002, additional published references). Lewes 101

Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.715

Medium or Technique

Jasper

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Black jasper. Intaglio. Set in modern gold setting. Head of a man in profile to the left. He has short, curly hair cropped close to the head; a receding hair line; a thick eyebrow rendered by rough, irregular vertical strokes; lines on his forehead; a large, hooked nose; a minor under-bite; a slight double chin; lines of excess flesh on his neck; and a large, slightly misshapen ear.

Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 288 (said to have been in the Ludovisi Collection); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 76.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912