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Oval gem with head of bearded man

Blue glass with brown and white streaks. Intaglio. Flat with rounded edges. Head of a man facing right. He has a long face, short hair, which covers much of his forehead, and faint beard. His nose is long and curves up at the end, and he has large, curved nostril.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Rome); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.

Accession Number

98.744

Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems