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Oval gem with muse holding a mask

Milky-white chalcedony. Intaglio. Flat front and back with slight inward front bezel and deeper inward back bezel. A muse, possibly Thalia, the muse of comedy and pastoral poetry, sits on a stool, with her head in profile to the left, her torso frontal, and her lower body in three-quarter...

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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, about 1st century

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems