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Round gem with composite being and cornucopiae

Intaglio. Very thin stone with two flat sides, and an inward back bezel. Head of a youth, facing left, wearing a fillet. An appendage, possibly an arm and shoulder, emerges awkwardly from the neck; the end of the appendage is a claw or pincer. At right, emerging from the back of the neck, a...

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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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems