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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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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Accession Number

72.861

Medium or Technique

Stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems