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Cameo with a portrait of a beardless man

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White on black layered onyx. Cameo, set in modern gold ring. Portrait head of a beardless man, in profile to the right. He has a sharp nose and a receding chin and thin wavy-hair. The pupil in the eye is carved.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to MFA archival card: found at Arezzo with 27.752 and a coin of Claudius); October 28, 1925: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 557.25); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Republican or Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Overall: 1.6 x 2 cm (5/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos