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Oval gem with portrait of Marciana

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Intaglio. Portrait bust of Marciana, the elder sister of Trajan, in profile to the left. She has a lofty three-tiered coiffure. At the back of the head, the remaining hair has been twisted into a large nest of braids. This entire mass is backed by a diadem. She wears no jewelry, has a straight...

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From the 18th century collections of Lord Chesterfield and Lord Bessborough and later the collection of George 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 454, citing Bessb. Cat. no. 1 c for the Chesterfield collection and "Marlborough Gems," vol. 1, 1780, no. 19); 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, late 1st–early 2nd century


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems