Square gem with head of a Gorgon

Roman
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period
mid 1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 9 mm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number

99.363

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat front. Set in tarnished brass ring. Head of a woman facing left. She has messy, curly hear with a snake coming out of the top of her head. A wing at left, as if coming out of her forehead. Her eyes are closed. A snake tied around her neck.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought of Percy Christian who said it was bought eighty years ago by a gentleman (I fancied his wife's father) at "Hadrian's Bath" near Tivoli.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund