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Oval gem with bust of a river-god

Intaglio. Slightly convex front, flat back with inward back bezel. Bust of a youth in profile to left; shoulders turned in three-quarters view. The hair at the back of his head sticks out to the right, as if he is swimming under water or blown by the wind.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From the Evans Coll.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–3rd century A.D.

Accession Number



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems