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Oval gem with a head of an Eastern ruler

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Intaglio. Convex back. Head of a man of advanced age, facing left, with short, curly hair and a full beard. He wears a cloak tied in a bow around his neck and a conical cap. The top of the hat is obscured by a chip in the stone.

Provenance

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 289 (said to have been found at Suleimanieh in Turkish Kurdistan); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 51.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 2nd–1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 097 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.710

Medium or Technique

Garnet

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems