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Oval gem with head of bearded man in profile to left

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Amethyst. Intaglio. Flat front and back faces with inward back bezel and very slight inward front bezel. The head of a man, almost certainly a portrait, faces in profile to the left. His hair is combed forward and rendered in neat, regular striations above his brow and in denser, shorter locks...

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By 1961: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought from Bob Hecht Oct. 1961.); 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-

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.


Length x width: 15 x 12 mm (9/16 x 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems