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

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Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems