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Oval gem with nude man holding a syrinx

‘Nicolo’; the light blue layer is visible only in the bezel. Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward front and back bezels. A nude man stands in three-quarter view with his back to the viewer; his head is in profile to the left. He gazes down at a pan pipe (syrinx) held in his left...

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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, Republican or Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.–mid 1st century A.D.

Accession Number

18.389

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems