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Oval gem with figure leaning on pillar

Light brownish-white stone. Intaglio. Convex oval with beveled edge. Motif carved on the convex side of gem, which has been flattened for the carving. A standing figure leans on a pillar with his right elbow. His weight is on his left leg, which pushes his left hip out to the side; his right leg...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems