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Oval gem with bust of Titus

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Darkish green chalcedony with black specks. Intaglio. Double convex. Laureate bust of Titus, facing left. Short hair, with concentric arches along hairline; forehead wrinkles with fleshy bump above nose; large nose with bump at bridge. Very rounded jawline and small, weak chin. Very fleshy face.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: acquired from Rhousopoulos, who said it was found in Pergamon); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman(?), Imperial period (or Modern?), A.D. 79 – 81(?)

Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.741

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems