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Oval gem with siren

Intaglio. Convex front, flat back; straight bezel. Siren facing left. She has a bird's wings, feel and tail, and human head torso, and arms. She has spiky hair that radiates from her head. She holds her left hand up to her breasts and her right hand towards her shoulder. Face is frontal, body in...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

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Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman, Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems