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Oval gem with head of a man

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Intaglio. Head of a man in profile to the left. He is bald-headed with high forehead, prominent brow and fleshy lips. He has a straight nose, slight jowls, and a big ear emphasized by his closely cropped and thin hair.


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome, 1899.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Republican Period, mid 2nd–late 2nd century B.C.


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems