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Round gem with head of a woman

Intaglio. Flat surface, convex back. Head of a woman in profile to left. She has think arched eyebrow, full lips, and rounded nostril. Her wavy hair is pulled back into a low bun with a few loose strands on her neck. She wears a chiton fastened at her shoulder with a round pin. Hole bored in the...

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By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: The gem came from North Greece according to Rhousopoulos from whose heirs it was bought in 1899); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial period, 27–1 B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems