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Oval gem with head of man

Blue core with brown and white bands on surface. Intaglio. Slightly convex with inward back bezel. Head of a man in profile to the right. He has short hair, and a receding hair line, and small, deeply-set eyes; no beard. Crack running across chin and lower part of face.


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


Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems