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Oval gem with a portrait of a beardless man

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Red carnelian. Intaglio, set in modern gold ring. Portrait head of a beardless man, in profile to the left. He has fleshy cheeks and a weary expression. His hair, close-cropped and brushed forward over his forehead, is rendered in short strokes. The gem is inscribed “SOKLA,” which is...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Athens); October 28, 1925: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 577.25); November 17, 1927: purchased for 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

Roman, Early Imperial Period, late 1st century B.C.

Dimensions

Overall: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.730

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems