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Oval gem with Hermes standing by a column

Intaglio. Convex front and back with short inward front bezel and very rounded inward back bezel. Mercury stands to left, with bent right knee. His head is in profile and his body is in three-quarter view. He wears a wide-brimmed hat (petasus) and holds his special wand (caduceus), a staff...

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By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

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Gift of Alexander Cochrane

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems