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Oval gem with portrait of a Julio-Claudian girl

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Red jasper. Intalgio. Bust of a girl facing left. She has short curly hair and a central braid or nodus, a typical Julio-Claudian hair style. She has a small, upturned nose, fleshy lips and cheeks, full chin and a thin, arched eyebrow. She wears a dress and a cloak.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman, Imperial Period, mid 1st century A.D.


Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems