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Oval gem with portrait bust of elderly man

Magenta-red glass paste. Intaglio. Flat front surface and convex back surface. The portrait bust of an elderly man faces in profile to the left. His hairline is vastly receding, and his hair is depicted in short, uniform locks. His brow is heavily wrinkled, there is a bag under his eye, and...

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Provenance

By 1962: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought.: Jan. 16. 1962. "Bedelle" 47 Bromfield Street [Boston]; 1962: inherited by Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman; December 12, 1962: one of the group of 20 gems (62.1145–62.1164) purchased by MFA from Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman for a total price of $ 2,200-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Late Republican Period, 1st century B.C.

Dimensions

Length x width: 17 x 12 mm (11/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

62.1160

Medium or Technique

Glass paste

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems