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Oval gem with a youth with hoop and ladle

Brownish-orange carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Flat front and back with inward back bezel. A nude youth standing in three-quarters view left is seen from the back. He has a hoop over his right shoulder and holds onto it with his right hand; in his left hand he holds a ladle. He has...

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From the Boulton Collection, sold at auction, Dec. 12th, 1911, according to Warren's records; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems