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Oval gem with portrait head of a male

Smoky gray quartz. Intaglio. Flat front surface and convex back with multiple facets cut at a later date in modern times. The head of a middle-aged man faces in profile to left. He has a receding hairline and close-cropped hair rendered by short strokes. His face is subtly modeled and his...

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By 1961: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought. Hugo Weissmann Charles Street [Boston] Dec. '61.); 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-

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, 3rd century A.D.


Length x width: 14 x 12 mm (9/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems