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Oval gem with bust of man

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Intaglio. Set in modern gold bezel. Motif carved on convex side. Head in profile to the right. Crown of head restored with gold. The man has short hair, wrinkled forehead, straight nose, incised pupil. The eyebrow is rendered by a series of short, diagonal lines. Ear is slightly misshapen. He...

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By date unknown: Ludovisi collection (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 100); by date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 296; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 71.26); 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 Period, Early 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 100 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 18 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems