Oval gem with head of Tigranes II of Armenia
Early–mid-1st century B.C.
Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Red Jasper. Intaglio. Head of Tigranes II (the Great), facing left. He wears the Armenian tiara with five spikes/peaks rendered by two pellets, a larger topped by a smaller. The entire crown is outlined with round dots. On the tiara, an eight-pointed star with a central circle is flanked on either side by birds (possibly eagles), facing outward but turning their heads back towards the central star. Two flaps also outlined with dots extend from underneath the tiara, covering his hair and ear.
By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna 1900.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution