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Oval gem with athlete

'Nicolo' blue on black. Intaglio. Flat front and back; rounded edges. Nude youth standing in three-quarters view to the left, with face frontal, and very muscular physique. He reaches across body with left arm. Possibly holding a strigil in right hand. Rolled fringe of hair along forehead....

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

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

Accession Number

01.7589

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems