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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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Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane

Roman, Imperial Period, about 1st century

Accession Number

18.373

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems