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Oval gem with head of wreathed goddess, perhaps Minerva

Brownish carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Flat front surface and convex back surface. The head of a wreathed goddess faces in profile to left. Her wavy hair is styled into a small chignon from which one long curl escapes and cascades down her neck. Her facial features are idealized and...

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Said to be from Macedonia on MFA archival card; by date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut

Roman, Early Imperial Period, Late 1st century B.C.—1st century A.D.


Length: 12.5 x 11.2 mm (1/2 x 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems