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Oval gem with bust of a woman

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Brownish carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Very slightly convex front and back with deep, almost straight sides, and short inward front bezel. A deeply-cut female bust, almost frontal. The woman wears a band (fillet) around her hair, which is parted and pulled back behind the fillet. ...

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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 287 (said to have been found in Chalcedon); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, late 1st century B.C.–mid 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 113 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Overall: 0.5 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm (3/16 x 9/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems