Ring with oval gem with a portrait of an elderly man

Late Republican Period
1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 119 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Overall: 0.3 x 1.5 x 3.3 cm (1/8 x 9/16 x 1 5/16 in.) Overall (gem): 1.3 x 1.5 cm (1/2 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Red carnelian. Intaglio. A portrait of an elderly man, in profile to the left. He has close-cropped hair, a high forehead, and a dour expression. The hair is rendered in short strokes. The ring is scored along the bottom interior and side of the hoop.


By about 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 119: bought in Rome about 1912; said to have been found in or near Rome); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912