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Scaraboid gem with female head

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Frontal female head (possibly a nymph), wearing a collar-style necklace. She has short hair, parted in the middle that fans out all around her face, wide nose, and large, almond-shaped eyes. Head tilted slightly to left....

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London from Ready who said it was from Asia Minor.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, South Italian, Classical Period, Early 4th century B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids