Oval gem with herm
Republican or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.
Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. The top third of a herm, in profile to left. Bearded herm wears a fillet, and has hair pulled back into a low bun with a few loose strands hanging down his neck. The tenon that fastens the head to the shaft is clearly indicated by a circle.
By date unknown: purchased by Richard Norton from Lawson (Smyrna); purchased by MFA, Special Classical Fund, February 9, 1909
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution