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Oval gem with bust of Cicero(?)

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Intaglio. Head in profile to the left, with high forehead and receding hairline, bald at the pate of the head. Two deep wrinkles across the forehead and "crow's feet" at the mall, deeply set eye. Crooked, sharp nose, and mouth slightly open.

Provenance

From the collection of the Earl of Arundel (formed in the 17th century) and later the collection of George 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 517, citing Cat. Thec. A, no. 36 for the Arundel collection); 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Late Republican Period, mid 1st century B.C.

Dimensions

Length x width: 11 x 10.5 mm (7/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.112

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems