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Oval gem with a portrait of a middle-aged man

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Red carnelian. Intaglio. Slightly convex with flat back; mounted in a gold ring. The head of a middle-aged man, in profile to the left. The clothing on his right shoulder is indicated by a series of parallel lines to the front and back of his neck. Inscribed in retrograde (Latin letters,...

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Inscription

G N T S

Provenance

By 1916: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 118: bought in London, 1916); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Imperial Period, early 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 118 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 x 1.5 x 1.7 cm (3/4 x 9/16 x 11/16 in.) Overall (cameo): 1.1 x 1.2 cm (7/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.1217

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems