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Oval gem with eagle on altar crowning male bust, possibly Mark Antony

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Yellow-orange carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Convex front surface and flat back surface. On the right of the gem, an eagle perches on an altar, facing left in profile. Its feathers are rendered by small pellets, and it holds a wreath or a fillet in its beak. Two slight marks on the...

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Inscription

ΠΡΟCWΠΑC

Provenance

By date unknown: with Bernheimers' Antique Arts, 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; purchased by MFA from Bernheimers' Antique Arts, April 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Republican Period, Second half of the 1st century B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 21 x 15.24 mm (13/16 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

64.490

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems