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Oval gem with athlete

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Intaglio. Flat front and back, with inward back bezel. A nude athlete standing in three-quarters and facing left. Weight on right leg; left leg slightly bent and looks down at his hands. He holds a strigil in one hand and prepares to scrape himself. At his feet, a water jug. Little detail in...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman, Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.


Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems