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Oval gem with grotesque figure playing a lyre

Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. A bearded grotesque figure, with a large belly, large phallus, emaciated legs, and large feet walks to the left. He holds a lyre, pressed against the crook of his right arm and strums it with both hands.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, January 14, 1909

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Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Roman, Republican Period, 3rd–1st century B.C.

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems