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Cameo of Medusa

Banded white agate on thin gray layer with some reddish tones in hair. Cameo in high relief. Head of Medusa turned slightly to the right in the Hellenistic “pathetic” tradition. Her face is very full and her skin smooth. The carving of her features is quite detailed: the upper and lower...

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Said to be from Syrian Antioch on MFA archival card; by date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.


Length x width: 19.3 x 15 mm (3/4 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Banded agate


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos