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Fragment of gem with face of Mercury

Brownish carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio, preserved in a triangular fragment. Slightly convex back and front, in a modern setting. A male face in profile to the left. A few locks of curly hair are visible across the brow. The top of a medicinal wand (caduceus) is visible at the...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: London sale); loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, October 28, 1925 (as 673.25); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927 for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.

Accession Number

27.727

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems