Round gem with head of Isis

Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Length x width: 7 x 6 mm (1/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Flat on both sides, with slight inward facet on back. Female head facing right, wearing a headdress shaped like a lotus blossom. Braids or ends of the headdress hang down the back of her neck. The hair on the crown of her head is indicated by a series of straight lines that run perpendicular to the line of the headdress band. She has a long nose with a bump at the end.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way