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Oval gem with a head of a Ptolemaic queen

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Intaglio. Convex back; carved on flat side. Head of a woman, in profile to the left. Hair style, with three distinct sections: 1) fringe along her forehead is arranged in twisted curls, divided by a diadem from the next section; 2) wavy locks along the crown of her head; and 3) curls coiled into a...

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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 285 (said to have been in the Ludovisi Collection); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 82.26); 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, 3rd–2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 096 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length x width: 18 x 13 mm (11/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems