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Oval gem with bust of Constantius II

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Intaglio. Convex front, flat back, with inward back bezel. Portrait bust of Constantius II facing left. He wears a diadem of a double row of pearls or beads. His hair is brushed forward under the diadem, creating a fringe of hair along the hairline; hair neatly gathered at the nape of the neck....

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: once Morrison Collection, sale, lot 205); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman, Late Imperial Period, mid 4th century A.D.


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems