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Intaglio

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Brownish onyx intaglio, round shape with a flat surface and bevelled edge. Crab seen from above. The crab was a zodiac sign and common subject on Graeco-Roman gems.

Provenance

By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift of Burton Y. Berry to MFA, November 8, 1972

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry

Roman,

Dimensions

Length: 7 mm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1972.968

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems