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Round gem with bust of soldier

Intaglio. Set in ancient(?) bronze setting. Slightly convex. Motif carved on flat side. Bust of a man, facing right, wearing Baktrian-type helmet with a long plume, long flowing hair, a cuirass, and cape(?) tied around his neck, with ends sticking out. Overlying his shoulder, a shield with a...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Greek, Hellenistic Period, Late 2nd–early 1st century B.C.

Accession Number

72.863

Medium or Technique

Sard

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems