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Oval gem with portrait of Hellenistic prince, perhaps a Seleucid

Burnt carnelian. Intaglio. Flat front and back surfaces with inward back bezel. The bust of a Hellenistic prince faces left in profile. He wears a radiate diadem over a thick head of hair, which falls into curls at the nape of his neck. The rays appear solid and are attached to the diadem, a...

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Said to be from Homs, Syria on MFA archival card; by date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

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Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 2nd century B.C.


Length: 14 x 12.4 mm (9/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems