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Oval gem with bust of a young man

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Dark orange carnelian. Intaglio. Convex front and flat back with inward back bezel. Bust of a young man depicted in profile to the left. He has thick, curly hair indicated by pellets. A series of incised lines around his neck denotes a pallium over a chiton or tunic. He has a large eye, a...

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Inscription

ΚΕΡΔΩΝΟC (counter-clockwise, starting at the crown of the head)

Provenance

By 1940: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought 1940. Shop opposite Pera Palas Istanbul.); 1962: inherited by Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman; December 12, 1962: one of the group of 20 gems (62.1145–62.1164) purchased by MFA from Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman for a total price of $ 2,200-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd or early 3rd century A.D.

Dimensions

Length x width: 11 x 8 mm (7/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

62.1145

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems