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Oval gem with bust of a warrior

Red-orange carnelian. Intaglio. Convex back and flat front with inward front bezel. Male bust in profile to the right, wearing a Corinthian helmet adorned with a laurel garland. A garment, probably a mantle or cloak, covers his shoulders. There is a chip in the top edge and backside of the gem.


By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Thomson to MFA, September 12. 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson

Roman, Republican Period, 1st–mid 1st century B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems