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Oval gem with a portrait of an elderly man

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Brownish-gray chalcedony. Intaglio, set in 18th-century gold ring. The head of an elderly man, in profile to the left. His wavy hair is swept across his forehead, and his jowls are fleshy. There is a small hole in the gem located above the man’s ear. The wavy hairstyle and scrunched,...

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Provenance

By 1915: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley in The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems: Said to have belonged to a Bishop of Winchester. Bought in Edinburgh, 1915.); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 69–98

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 120 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 1.5 x 1.9 cm (5/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

23.590

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems