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Oval gem with portrait of Julius Caesar

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Brownish red-orange carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Flat front and back; set in gold ring. Portrait head of Julius Caesar in profile to left, wearing laurel wreath tied with fillet. Gem is broken in two pieces held together by mount.


Bought in England by Edward Perry Warren between 1914 and 1917 (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 117); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 98.26). 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

Renaissance, late 16th–early 17th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 117 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems