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Oval gem with Perseus holding head of Medusa

Light brown glass. Intaglio. Perseus, facing left, bends forward and holds the head of Medusa in his left hand and a sword in the right. He steps on an orb/circle/rock with his left foot. He wears a chlamys tied at the neck that flows down his back. Across his forehead, a series of three pellets...

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By date unknown: C. Wissmann Collection (according to MFA archival card: from the Buffum Collection); gift of Miss C. Wissmann to MFA, April 1, 1902

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Gift of Miss C. Wissmann

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.

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Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems