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Oval gem with Zeus Serapis

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Slightly orangish-red carnelian. Intaglio. Convex front, flat back. Bust of Zeus Serapis. His beard is indicated by tightly spiraled and deeply drilled curls. He has shoulder-length wavy hair and a central part with an anastole, a hairstyle in which the hair is brushed up from the forehead. Atop...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 2nd–1st century B.C.


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems