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Oval gem with bust of a young Julio-Claudian soldier (Nero?)

Light brown glass. Intaglio. Flat on both sides with inward back bezel. Bust of a young solder facing right. He wears a cuirass and a general's cloak (paludamentum). At right shoulder, one half of a shield is depicted.


By date unknown: C. Wissmann Collection (according to MFA archival card: from the Buffum Collection); gift of Miss C. Wissmann to MFA, April 1, 1902

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.

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Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems