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Oval gem with Venus Victrix

Brownish-orange carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Flat front, slightly convex back with deep inward back bezel. Venus stands in three-quarter view facing right, her back to the viewer and her face in profile. Her right leg is drawn behind her, and her left elbow rests on a pillar. She...

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By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

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Gift of Alexander Cochrane

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–2nd century A.D.

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems