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Cameo with head of Medusa

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White on gray. Head of Medusa, profile to right; head bent down. Profile injured somewhat, the edge having been filed or cut. Stone has also been cut away around outline of head.

Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 280 (said to have been found at Pergamon); by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greco-Roman, Greco-Roman Period,

Dimensions

Length: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in)

Accession Number

98.761

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos