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Amulet of grotesque face

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This amulet of a grotesque face wearing a wreath has incised details including eyes and a circular pattern on the wreath. The back is flat and plain. It is not pierced for suspension. It is made of slightly-polished, black stone.


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



Overall: 2 x 2.5 x 0.9 cm (13/16 x 1 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets