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Oval gem with head of balding man

Red carnelian. Intaglio. Convex front surface and slightly concave back surface with raised protrusion and with uneven inward front and back bezels. The head of a man faces left in profile. His hairline has vastly receded and the top of his head is completely bald. What hair remains is rendered...

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One of a group of gems purchased in Greece or Asia Minor in 1963 by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA with funds approved in advance by the Trustees; accessioned March 11, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman or post-antique, Roman or post-antique, about A.D. 100 or later


Length: 13.72 x 11.68 mm (9/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems