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Oval gem with bust of Aelius Verus

Red jasper. Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Bust of a bearded man, Aelius Verus, facing left. He has short, tightly curled hair and wears a cloak fastened at the shoulder with a circular pin. At back of neck, a line of small vertical hatch marks. Deeply carved.


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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 136

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems