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Oval gem with head of Hellenistic ruler

Intaglio. Head of a man (possibly of Philip V or Nabis of Sparta), in profile to the left. He is bearded, but with a clean-shaven upper lip. He wears a laurel wreath, with the ties down the back of his neck. Deeply carved.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 298 (said to be from Egypt); 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1898, for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, Late 3rd–early 2nd century B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems