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Oval gem with head of bearded man (Zeus?)

Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. Head of a bearded man, possibly Zeus, in profile to the left. Nose and lip rendered by three parallel straight lines; figure has large eye. Sketchily rendered.


By date unknown: purchased in Cyrene by Richard Norton; purchased by MFA, Special Classical Fund, December 29, 1909

Credit Line

Special Classical Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–2nd century A.D.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems