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Oval gem with idealized head of youth or god

Glassy orange carnelian. Intaglio. Very slightly convex front surface and flat back surface with inward back bezel. The head of a youth in profile to the left. His hair is styled in short, curled locks which fall to the middle of his brow and around his ear. His features are precisely...

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Provenance

Said to be from Athens 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, Late Republican—early Imperial Period, 2nd half of 1st century B.C.—1st half of 1st century A.D.

Dimensions

Length: 14.1 x 12.8 mm (9/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

69.1202

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems