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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.

Provenance

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

09.536

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems