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Ring with oval gem with a portrait of an elderly man

Red carnelian. Intaglio. A portrait of an elderly man, in profile to the left. He has close-cropped hair, a high forehead, and a dour expression. The hair is rendered in short strokes. The ring is scored along the bottom interior and side of the hoop.

Provenance

By about 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 119: bought in Rome about 1912; said to have been found in or near Rome); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Late Republican Period, 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 119 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number

21.1218

Medium or Technique

Carnelian, gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings